Emancipation Day 2012

Add a comment April 16th, 2012  

Emancipation Day 2012, Emancipation Day is a Washington, D.C.-celebrated holiday, celebrated April 16, that honors that President Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the Compensated Emancipation Act on April 16, 1862.

This signing enabled the release of about 3,100 enslaved persons in the District of Columbia, nine months in advance of the Emancipation Proclamation. Emancipation Day was made an official public holiday in D.C. on January 4, 2005, by Mayor Anthony A. Williams.

While Emancipation Day is typically only acknowledged in D.C., the celebration of it as a public holiday in the nation’s capital has national ramifications. Tax Day, the deadline for filing one’s household taxes, typically falls on April 15. With that date being a Sunday, usually we’d look to Monday, April 16, as the default deadline. Because D.C. acknowledges Emancipation Day, which falls on April 16, Tax Day 2012 is bumped to April 17.

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