Grand Celebration in Honor of the Passage of the Ordinance of Emancipation,
by the Free State Convention, on the Eleventh Day of May 1864; Held in
the Place d’Armes, New-Orleans, June 11th, With the Programme, Proceedings,
Speeches by Rev. Dr. Rogers, Francis Boisdore, Rev. W. A. Dove, etc. etc…
Held First August, 1864.
Slaves were jubilant when news of the Emancipation Proclamation spread,
and spontaneous celebrations broke out. Until that moment, many slaves
did not believe that they would ever experience freedom in their lifetimes.
This pamphlet commemorates the one-year anniversary of
the Emancipation Proclamation by black communities in the city of New
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