Sesquicentennial celebration planned Tuesday

Dec. 29, 2012 @ 05:55 PM

WARRENTON — Tuesday will mark the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln issuing the Emancipation Proclamation.

The executive order stated all people enslaved in the states in rebellion against the United States government were free.
Actually, Lincoln had issued the proclamation on Sept. 22, 1862, saying he would order the emancipation of all slaves in any state of the Confederate States of America that did not return to Union control by Jan. 1, 1863. None did.

A 150th-year celebration will take place on Tuesday at Warrenton Baptist Church, 114 South Bragg Street, at 11 a.m.

“It started on the courthouse square a long time ago,” said Eva Brown. “We wanted to let the younger people know about the Emancipation Proclamation.” She handles publicity for the organizing group.

It was moved to the Baptist church in recent years.

Moving inside allowed the observation to include music.

“There was no piano on the courthouse square,” Brown said.

The speaker this year will be Rev. Solomon Patrick.

Music will be provided by Elder Allen F. Brown and the Warren County Mass Choir.

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