Group celebrates Emancipation Proclamation anniversary

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Every year some folks in Columbus celebrate the Emancipation Proclamation on New Year’s Day.

It was a packed house here at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church here in Columbus. Everyone was celebrating the Emancipation Proclamation, signed by Abraham Lincoln by in 1863.

The Emancipation Proclamation declared that all people held as slaves shall be free. Community members and leaders from Columbus all participated in this annual event through singing and dancing. Local and state leaders were also in attendance.Reverend Carolyn Ann Knight was the featured speaker at the event.

“On the first day of the year of our Lord 1,863 all persons held as slaves within any state shall be this forward and forever free.” Says Rev. Carolyn Ann Knight.

Knight discussed the recent shootings involving unarmed African-American men and encouraged the audience about a new start with the New Year and God. Knight is Founder and President of Can Do Ministries, a preventative youth advocacy ministry.

Every year, more than 100 people participate in this service that celebrates the freedom of slavery more than 150 years ago.

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