It’s Emancipation Day here in D.C. - where we celebrate the fact that 150 years ago today the DC Compensated Emancipation Act of 1862 went into effect and ended slavery in the District.
Being a resident of Capitol Hill, I visit Lincoln Park - or as it has also been known as “Racist Statue Park” - with some regularity. The picture above shows the Thomas Ball statue which resides on the western side of the park. I was really pleased to see a nice write up in the Post examining the complexities of this statue - which also addresses the important issue of how we view history today, and how different images and figures mean different things to different eras.

It’s Emancipation Day here in D.C. - where we celebrate the fact that 150 years ago today the DC Compensated Emancipation Act of 1862 went into effect and ended slavery in the District.

Being a resident of Capitol Hill, I visit Lincoln Park - or as it has also been known as “Racist Statue Park” - with some regularity. The picture above shows the Thomas Ball statue which resides on the western side of the park. I was really pleased to see a nice write up in the Post examining the complexities of this statue - which also addresses the important issue of how we view history today, and how different images and figures mean different things to different eras.