Emancipation Day Celebrations in Florida

Emancipation was proclaimed in Tallahassee on May 20, 1865, 11 days after the end of the Civil War and two years after the proclamation was first issued by President Abraham Lincoln. For this reason, Emancipation Day in Florida is traditionally celebrated on May 20th.

Henry White playing guitar at an Emancipation Day celebration (193-)
Henry White playing guitar at an Emancipation Day celebration (1930s)

 

Annual Emancipation Day Parade: Lincolnville, Florida (between 1922 and 1927)
Emancipation Day Parade: Lincolnville, Florida (1920s)

 

Annual Emancipation Day Parade: Lincolnville, Florida (between 1922 and 1927)
Emancipation Day Parade: Lincolnville, Florida (1920s)

 

St. Paul A.M.E Church float: Lincolnville, Florida (between 1922 and 1927)
St. Paul A.M.E Church float: Lincolnville, Florida (1920s)

 

Parade float representing the medical auxiliary society: Lincolnville, Florida
Parade float representing the medical auxiliary society: Lincolnville, Florida (1920s)

 

Standing in front of a car decorated for the parade: Lincolnville, Florida
Standing in front of a car decorated for the parade: Lincolnville, Florida (1920s)

 

St. Benedict Catholic School parade float: Lincolnville, Florida
St. Benedict Catholic School parade float: Lincolnville, Florida (1920s)

 

The Queen and her court: Lincolnville, Florida
The Queen and her court: Lincolnville, Florida (1920s)

 

African American workers and tenants celebrating Emancipation Day at Horseshoe Plantation (193-)
African American workers and tenants celebrating Emancipation Day
at Horseshoe Plantation (1930s)

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3 thoughts on “Emancipation Day Celebrations in Florida

  1. they were lucky unlike those poor Texans I think it was a whole year for them. and its called Juneteenth.

  2. As a child growing up in North West Florida in Gadsden County, May 20th was celebrated. There lot of food, baseball games among teams from through out county. I don’t think many places in Florida celebrate this day any more. Many people talks about celebrating Juneteenth, even though we were in the situation as Texas. African American in Florida were not freed for over two years after Emancipation Procalmation.

  3. I grew up in White Springs,FL. May 20th was always celebrated. We were told of what is was like when slavery ended in Fl by Mrs. Julia and other griots. We sang Negro Spirituals and had all kinds of food. I attened a celebration this year in White Springs and it was great. Hiowever I think that the history needs to be passed down and programs should focus on what is was like then. We shooould never forget our past and if you do forget it, you will repeat it.

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