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Florida Department of State
Ken Detzner
Secretary of State

For Immediate Release
May 16, 2016

Meredith Beatrice

MEDIA ADVISORY: Emancipation Day Celebration at the Knott House Museum

Press and media are invited to attend the Emancipation Day Celebration at the Knott House Museum on May 20, 2016, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. More than 400 visitors attend the 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: Friday, May 20, 2016, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

At 11:15 a.m., Secretary of State Ken Detzner and George James, Interim Executive Director of the John G. Riley Museum, will be available for media interviews.

LOCATION: The Knott House Museum
301 East Park Avenue
Tallahassee, Florida

SPEAKERS: Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner

Trampas Alderman, Curator of Education, Museum of Florida History

Dr. Larry E. Rivers, Professor of History, Valdosta State University

Reverend Cal Goodlett, St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church

Attorney Melody Hadley, Chair, John G. Riley Museum Board of Directors


About Emancipation Day:
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 Friends of the Museums of Florida History, Inc., Harry’s Seafood Bar and Grille, Hopping, Green and Sams, P. A., and Tallahassee Downtown.