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Wed, 04.16.1862

Slavery Abolished in Washington D.C.

On this date in 1862, the nation's capital ended slavery. President Lincoln signed an act abolishing slavery in the District of Columbia, an important step in the long road toward full emancipation and enfranchisement for Africans in the United States of America

Before 1850, slave pens, slave jails, and auction blocks were a common sight in the District of Columbia, a center for the domestic slave trade. This included compensation to slave owners for their lost “property” in a total amount of $993,407 dollars.

Reference:
The African American Atlas
Black History & Culture an Illustrated Reference
by Molefi K. Asanta and Mark T. Mattson
Macmillan USA, Simon & Schuster, New York
ISBN 0-02-864984-2

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