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Knott House Museum, Tallahassee May 20, 2015


Below are some photos from today’s Emancipation Day Celebration at the Knott House Museum, commemorating the 150 Year Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation being announced in the capital city of Florida. Many thanks to those of you who attended and covered today’s significant anniversary event. Click here for a link to more photos from today’s event on the Museum of Florida History’s Facebook page. Attached to this email is the press release sent earlier today.



All photos may be credited to the Museum of Florida History


Tallahassee resident Brian Bibeau (center) portrays Brigadier General Edward McCook and presents a dramatic recitation of the Emancipation Proclamation from the front steps of the historic Knott House Museum along with the Leon Rifles 2nd Florida Volunteer Infantry Regiment Co. D, Captain Chris Ellrich Commanding, and the 2nd Infantry Regiment U.S. Colored Troops Reenactment Unit & Living History Association, led by Sgt. Major (Ret.) Jarvis Rosier.


From Left to Right: Reverend Henry Marion Steele; Dr. David Jackson, Chair of the History Department, Florida A&M University and Board Member Chair of the John G. Riley Center/Museum; Dr. Jeana Brunson, Director, Museum of Florida History; Mrs. Althemese Barnes, Founding Director, John G. Riley Center/Museum; and Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner gather on the front steps of the Knott House Museum to commemorate the Emancipation Day Celebration.



A member of the 2nd Infantry Regiment U.S. Colored Troops Reenactment Unit speaks to a group of school children at the Emancipation Day Celebration.