Eve of Freedom Day - Impact of Proclamation

Image of people gathered to celebrate the Emancipation Proclamation becoming the law of the land.  The U.S. Library of Congress provides more information:

On New Year's Eve many African American churches hold prayer and worship services from the late evening until midnight when they welcome the new year with praise, thanksgiving, prayer, and confession. These services are called watch night meetings.

December 31, 1862, was a very special evening for the African American community, because it was the night before the Emancipation Proclamation took effect, freeing all the slaves in the Confederate states.

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Media Credits

Image online, courtesy the U.S. Library of Congress.


Heard and Moseley.
Waiting for the hour [Emancipation], December 31, 1862.
Carte de visite.
Washington, 1863.
Prints and Photographs Division.
Reproduction Number: LC-USZC4-6160 (4-21a)

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