Finally: A Happy Event for the Public Calendar

Just a head’s up that on September 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed and issued a statement called “The Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.”  If the Confederate states were still engaged in warfare against the Union on January 1, 1863, the slaves in those states would be immediately and forever freed.

Here in Burlington, Vermont– the first state in the nation to outlaw slavery in its state constitution  — we will be focusing on the Proclamation on September 23, just because January 1 is not often a Sunday for high attendance…

…although if there were ever going to be an exception to that, 1/1/13 would be the day.


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