BOONVILLE – The Emancipation Day Celebration begins today and lasts until Sunday.

The bulk of the celebration will be held at Harley Park at 428 Parkway Drive from 6-9 p.m. each day.

The only day-long, public Emancipation Day celebration in Central Missouri, this long tradition of family reunions, great food, live entertainment and memories being shared or newly made continues.  

“Formal slavery was legal until 1865 in most of the area that is now the United States. Many slaves were of African origin and many slave owners were of European descent, although some other groups also had slaves. By 1860, there were about four million slaves in the United States. On April 16, 1862, Abraham Lincoln, who was the US president at the time, signed the Compensated Emancipation Act, which freed more than 3,000 slaves in the District of Columbia. However, slavery did not officially end in the rest of the United States until after the American Civil War, which lasted from 1861 until 1865. The 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution formally ended slavery in the US. It was proposed on January 31, 1865, and ratified by 30 of the then 36 states in the same year. However, it was only ratified in Mississippi in 1995. Slavery and the racial divisions, upon which it was based, have had and continue to have huge implications for individuals and American society as a whole,” according to timeanddate.com.

The Boonville Celebration is courtesy of the Concerned Citizens for a Better Community.  For additional information, contact Tawny Brown at 573-291-0022.