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The District is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the D.C Compensated Emancipation Act with a series of events in the city.

Congress passed the act during the Civil War, and when President Abraham Lincoln signed it in 1862, nine months before he issued the more famous emancipation proclamation, it freed more than 3,000 slaves in Washington.

The city celebrates D.C. Emancipation Day each year, but for the 150th anniversary this month, lectures, concerts, and ceremonies related to slavery, emancipation and civil rights are planned at venues across the city.

A march will be held among the memorials on the National Mall on April 11, and then on the April 16, the city will hold an Emancipation Parade along Pennsylvania Avenue in Northwest, D.C. and a street festival at Freedom Plaza.

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