Tuesday, January 1, 2013

150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation signing

Today is the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's official signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Richmond traditionally celebrated Emancipation Day in April, although the dates of celebrations have varied over the years. The picture below was taken on April 3rd, 1905 in downtown Richmond.

Photo courtesy of The Library of Congress


  1. I've seen this photo before and it looks to me like the 1100 block of Main st. facing NE. The Light grey stone building with the flag on top I believe is what is formerly the Federal Court house and the old Confederate Treasury building. I think the building eventually expanded to take up most of the block but I'm not exactly sure.

  2. It's the celebration of the evacuation of Richmond.