WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation 150 years ago Tuesday, freeing all slaves from the confederate states.
Some of the oldest churches in Wilmington gathered to celebrate the anniversary of the historical event.
A ceremony was held at St. Luke AMEZ Church. Members of St. Stephens AME attended the event in addition to city leaders and state officials.
Keynote speakers for the event mentioned the Wilmington 10, who were pardoned by Gov. Bev Perdue Monday. The Wilmington 10 is a group of people who were convicted in the 1971 firebombing of a grocery.
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