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On May 20, Florida Emancipation Day, honor the past and look to the future in a virtual conversation about Florida’s history of slavery, civil rights and the meaning of freedom today. Florida Emancipation Day recognizes the first announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation in Leon County, Florida. The journey toward freedom that began 156 years ago continues today in our community. Across the years and across the state, a panel of historians will guide attendees to think about how we have and will continue to stretch towards freedom.
From Union General McCook’s announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation to local lunch counter sit-ins led by Patricia Stephens Due in the mid-1960s, Leon County has been home to many vital moments in the stretch towards freedom that mirror the greater struggles of Black citizens across the state and country. In recognition of this state-wide history, Leon County Government is dedicated to continuing education and conversation on this topic through its Created Equal programming. Join Leon County Government, The Village Square and Tallahassee Museum for the sixth annual “Created Equal: Stretching Towards Freedom, A Conversation about Florida Emancipation Day” on Thursday, May 20 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. RSVP to attend Created Equal: www.LeonCountyFl.gov/CreatedEqual.
This program is supported by Florida Humanities.
On Thursday, May 20 at 6:30 p.m. join Leon County Government, The Village Square and Tallahassee Museum for “Stretching Toward Freedom: A Conversation about Florida Emancipation Day.” The 6th Annual event in the “Created Equal” series will feature prominent historians marking this momentous history and considering how we continue to stretch toward freedom today.
The panel will include Florida A&M University’s Dr. Larry Rivers, University of Florida’s Dr. Paul Ortiz and the founding director of John G. Riley Museum and Florida African American Heritage Preservation Network, Althemese Barnes. The conversation will be facilitated by Keith Simmons of Florida Humanities. The virtual statewide Created Equal event will also include artistic performances of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and “We Shall Overcome” by the Godby High School choir and Omega Lamplighters, with a guest appearance by Motown Performing Artist Royce Lovett.
You can register for this virtual program at www.LeonCountyFl.gov/CreatedEqual. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (850) 281-1223.