Emancipation Day Celebration


Wesley Heights Community Choir

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 In  observance of Freedom Day, the anniversary of Andrew Johnson's emancipation of his personal slaves, Andrew Johnson  National Historic Site offers an interpretive program for the public. The tradition of memorializing this date was begun by Sam Johnson, one of Johnson's former slaves.  From Sam's recollection, it was on August 8th, 1863, that Johnson freed his slaves. Past years' programs have incorporated community members including historians and church choirs. This year an employee of ANJO will guide visitors through a timeline of American slavery and, in the second part of the presentation, examine the circumstances that led Andrew Johnson to move forcefully to embrace emancipation in August of 1863.