Our trained educators will come to your classroom to present dynamic school programs. These engaging hands-on programs encourage your students to think critically, cooperate in a group setting, and to understand Florida's diverse and provocative past.
These programs are available to all schools in Leon, Wakulla, Gadsden, Liberty, and Jefferson Counties. Programs last between 45 minutes and 1 hour.
On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing enslaved people in the rebelling Southern states. More than two years later, Union General Edward McCook arrived in Tallahassee to take possession of the city from Southern forces. General McCook established his headquarters at the Hagner House, now known as the Knott House. On May 20, he declared the Emancipation Proclamation in effect. Former slaves celebrated this announcement with a picnic at Bull Pond, today's Lake Ella. Annually since 1865, communities in Tallahassee have celebrated May 20th as Emancipation Day.
The Knott House Museum and the John G. Riley Museum host an annual celebration of the 20th of May. Learn More
Ron DeSantis, Governor Cord Byrd, Secretary of State
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