Doug E. Fresh, Talib Kweli, MC Lyte, and DC’s own Raheem Devaughn will all perform at Freedom Plaza (1455 Pennsylvania Ave NW) on Wednesday, April 16 at 4 p.m. for the DC Emancipation Day Concert.
They’ll be joined by Brian Lanier, Black Alley Band, J Ivy, DJ Kool, and Arrested Development.
In 2005, DC Emancipation Day was made an official public holiday. It celebrates the fact that on April 16, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act, granting freedom to 3,100 enslaved persons in the District of Columbia. The act passed nine months before Lincoln’s famous Emancipation Proclamation and granted freedom to enslaved persons in the District of Columbia as the country’s first freed from the institution of slavery.