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20th of May

Emancipation in Florida

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20th of May commemorates the announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation in Florida, on May 20, 1865, at the Knott House, two years after the proclamation was first issued by President Abraham Lincoln.  General Edward McCook and his Union soldiers were staying at the Knott House immediately after the end of the Civil War, when the responsibility fell to him to make the announcement.

The Florida Department of State invites you to celebrate this commemoration with our community partners.  Check back for a full list of upcoming events.