Emancipation Day in Florida

May 20th is Emancipation Day in Florida

Drummers performing during the 2015 Emancipation Day Celebration at the Knott House Museum in Tallahassee. Photo courtesy of Florida Memory.

Emancipation was proclaimed in Tallahassee on May 20, 1865, 11 days after the end of the Civil War, and two years after the Proclamation first issued by President Abraham Lincoln freed enslaved people in Southern states.

Explore these online resources from the Florida Division of Library & Information Services to help join in the Emancipation Day celebration.

This video from UF’s Oral History Program outlines the history of slavery and emancipation in Florida.

Take a short survey about this activity by May 27th and you’ll be entered in a drawing to win a Student Life t-shirt!