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First Wednesdays – Celebrating Freedom 1864

It had been almost fifteen months since President Lincoln made the preliminary announcement of an idea of ending slavery in the states in rebellion; it had been a year since that proclamation – the Emancipation Proclamation – was enforced.  The … Continue reading

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First Wednesdays – The Emancipation Proclamation in northeastern North Carolina

In January 1863 William W. Holden, editor of the Raleigh Standard, published a letter from an unidentified woman to her husband.  The letter, written over several days, detailed events in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, that occurred after the turn of … Continue reading

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Military Governor of North Carolina Edward Stanly and his call for an election

Edward Stanly, Military Governor of North Carolina, upon publication of President Abraham Lincoln’s preliminary Emancipation Proclamation called for an election in the Second Senate District of North Carolina.  Stanly understood, as stated in the proclamation, that states with representation in … Continue reading

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