National Freedom Day! Reply

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Katie Mills

National Freedom Day is on February 1st. Many people may not understand what National Freedom Day is, so what is it really about?

What is National Freedom Day?

National Freedom Day is the honoring of the signing of a resolution that proposed the 13th amendment of the nation’s constitution on February 1, 1865. Abraham Lincoln signed the resolution to outlaw slavery and was endorsed on December 18, 1865. This anniversary is annually celebrated on February 1.

“Major Richard Robert Wright Senior, a former slave who founded the National Freedom Day Association, played a crucial role in creating the observance. Major Wright was deemed as a community leader in Philadelphia and was active in education, the media, business, and politics. He hoped to see a day that would be dedicated to celebrating freedom for all Americans.

The first commemoration of such a day took place on February 1, 1942, although it was not made into law yet. A tradition of laying a wreath at Liberty Bell also began. On June 30, 1948, President Harry Truman signed a bill to proclaim February 1 as the first official National Freedom Day in the United States” (timeanddate.com).

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