For Immediate Release
Thursday, May 19, 2022
Contact: Mallory Morgan
MEDIA ADVISORY: 20th of May—Emancipation in Florida Celebrated at Knott House Museum
20th of May—Emancipation in Florida Celebrated at Knott House Museum
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Interested media is invited to attend the 20th of May—Emancipation in Florida at Knott House Museum on Friday, May 20, 2022, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The annual event recognizes the announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation on May 20, 1865, in Tallahassee, Florida, two years after the proclamation was first issued by President Abraham Lincoln. The commemoration is a joint effort between Knott House Museum and John G. Riley Center & Museum. The event will feature musical performances, speakers, a dramatic reading of the Emancipation Proclamation, and a free lunch in Lewis Park.
WHAT: 20th of May—Emancipation in Florida
WHO: Speakers include Secretary of State Cord Byrd; Executive Director Dr. Aron Myers, John G. Riley Center & Museum; Historian Dr. Larry Rivers; Elder Chris Burney, Old West Florida Primitive Baptist Association; Curator of Education Trampas Alderman, Museum of Florida History
WHEN: Friday, May 20, 2022
Media availability - 11:15 a.m.
Program begins - 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Knott House Museum
301 East Park Avenue
Lisa Barton, Director, Museum of Florida History and Dr. Aron Myers, Executive Director, John G. Riley Center & Museum, will be available at 11:15 a.m. for interviews.
About 20th of May
20th of May–Emancipation in Florida is part of a month-long celebration of Emancipation in Florida’s Capital City that includes a number of events and free admission to numerous historic sites. For additional information on 20th of May–Emancipation in Florida and a full list of community events and activities associated with the commemoration, visit 20thofMay.com.