It came and departed with such little pomp and circumstance most of us were unaware that January 1, 2013 marked the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. It was back in 1863, during the raging contention of the great Civil War that Abraham Lincoln issued this monumental document which stated, “All persons held as slaves within any state or designated part of the state in rebellion against the United States are and hence forward shall be free.” This simple piece of paper granted freedom and a source of hope to the nearly 4 million slaves held captive in the Southern states.
Can you imagine this brief document would be the vehicle by which people who had been held in bondage for hundreds of years would find liberty? But it was. That freedom was made available, but in order for a slave to be freed he needed to know that, and actually believe it, and abide by that truth. That freedom would come at a high cost of human life, and produce scars to a nation which remain even to this day, but it would happen. Continue reading “Emancipation Proclamation”