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The beginning of the end of Slavery

Posted by: Chris Schaller | April 16, 2015

On this day in 1862, slavery is abolished in the District of Columbia, 9 months before the "Emancipation Proclamation". On the same day, Confederate President Jefferson Davis enacts conscription of males over the age of 18 to fight in the civil war.

Here is a great article that describes the events of that day.  http://emancipation.dc.gov/page/ending-slavery-district-columbia