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)
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Happy Halloween!

Take a look at Halloween in Florida through the years!

Pam Maneeratana displays her carved pumpkins: Tallahassee, Florida (1987)

Pam Maneeratana displays her carved pumpkins: Tallahassee, Florida (1987)

Local restaurateur Pam Maneeratana displays three intricately crafted pumpkins carved using a technique called Kae-Sa-Luk, a 700 year-old art carving method from Thailand.

Pine Crest School student carving a Halloween pumpkin: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (1966 or 1967)

Pine Crest School student carving a Halloween pumpkin: Fort Lauderdale, Florida (1966 or 1967)

Photographer Roy Erickson chronicled life in Fort Lauderdale, Florida from the late 1960s to the early 1980s.

Leslie Dughi dressed as a witch for Halloween in Tallahassee, Florida (1972)

Leslie Dughi dressed as a witch for Halloween in Tallahassee, Florida (1972)

Photographer Donn Dughi grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida. This is his daughter, Leslie.

Charles and Annette Witherington in Halloween costumes: Orlando, Florida (ca. 1932)

Charles and Annette Witherington in Halloween costumes: Orlando, Florida (ca. 1932)

 

Happy Arbor Day!

Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA) worker planting a tree at the Key West Botanical Garden: Stock Island, Florida (1935)

Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA) worker planting a tree at the Key West Botanical Garden: Stock Island, Florida (1935)

Visitors from each state represented in the winter colony were called upon to plant a tree at the Botanical Garden on Stock Island.