Freedom Day 150 Year Anniversary
Andrew Johnson National Historic Site

Singers at Freedom Day Celebration
Singers at Freedom Day Celebration
NPS photo

Quick Facts

GETTING READY FOR 2016:

A Call to Action
Action Item:
Keep the Dream Alive
Also Promotes:
History Lesson
Year Accomplished:
2013

Staff at Andrew Johnson NHS presented an exhibit documenting the little known history of "Freedom Day" at a celebration in Greeneville, TN. This event, hosted by the George Clem Multi-Cultural Alliance, marked the 150 year anniversary of when then-military governor of Tennessee Andrew Johnson freed his personal slaves on August 8, 1863. At that time during the Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation had been issued eight months prior, however it only applied to states still in rebellion. The site created a display highlighting the history of Andrew Johnson and Emancipation and the legacy of Andrew Johnson's slaves. The highlights of the exhibit were copies of newspaper articles about August 8 events from 1871 until the present, and the display of a cane carved by Sam Johnson for a member of the Andrew Johnson family.