African American Civil War Museum and Memorial
1925 Vermont Ave, NW Washington, D.C. 20001
Join us for the 3rd Annual Reading of the names of the First Freed under the DC Compensated Emancipation Act in 1862. Reception to follow event.
The District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act, or simply Compensated Emancipation Act, was a law that ended slavery in Washington, D.C. by paying slave owners for releasing their slaves. Although not written by him, the act was signed by U.S. President Abraham Lincoln on April 16, 1862.