Emancipation Day

April 16, 1862

Emancipation Day

April 16 is a legal holiday in our nation's capital. On April 16, 1862, President Lincoln signed the Conpensated Emancipation Act. Slaves weren't "freed" per se, they were "bought" by the federal government so slave owners wouldn't suffer any financial lose.

http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/emancipation-day-dc

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emancipation_Day