Media is invited to attend the Emancipation Day Celebration at the Knott House Museum on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. More than 400 visitors attend this commemoration of the 1865 declaration by Union Brigadier General Edward McCook that the Emancipation Proclamation was in effect in Florida. The annual event includes musical performances, speakers, a reading of the Emancipation Proclamation and a free lunch in Lewis Park.
WHEN: Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
At 11:15 a.m., Secretary of State Ken Detzner and Anne Harris, Board Chair of the John G. Riley Museum, will be available for media interviews.
LOCATION: The Knott House Museum
301 East Park Avenue
SPEAKERS: Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner
Lisa C. Barton, Director, Museum of Florida History
Reverend Henry Steele
Althemese Barnes, Director, John G. Riley Museum
John Anderson, portraying Frederick Douglass
About the Emancipation Day Celebration
Emancipation Day is part of a weeklong celebration of Emancipation in Florida’s capital city. Since 2001, the Knott House Museum and the John G. Riley Museum have partnered to produce this public celebration at the Knott House Museum. The Emancipation Day Celebration is sponsored by the City of Tallahassee, the Council on Culture and Arts, the Florida Department of State, Friends of the Museums of Florida History, Inc., Harry’s Seafood Bar and Grille, Hopping, Green and Sams, P. A., Leon County Tourist Development Council and Tallahassee Downtown. The Emancipation Day Celebration is sponsored in part by a grant from the Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.