Emancipation Of DC Slaves 156 Years Ago Left City Without The Equality DC Residents Still Seek
Emancipation of DC Slaves 156 years Ago Left City without the Equality DC Residents Still Seek
Apr 13, 2018
By Eleanor Holmes Norton
Today, DC begins its commemoration of DC Emancipation Day, when slaves in the nation’s capital were freed 9 months before the Emancipation Proclamation. Yet, DC residents, 156 years later, still are not free. Congress can overturn local laws nowhere else except in the District of Columbia, and collect federal taxes without representation.
The residents of the nation’s capital have more than paid the price for their citizenship. Residents have fought and died in every U.S. war, including the Revolutionary War, which created the United States of America. And DC residents rank number one …