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Emancipation Day in Florida

Emancipation was proclaimed in Tallahassee on May 20, 1865, 11 days after the end of the Civil War, and two years after the Proclamation first issued by President Abraham Lincoln freed those enslaved in Southern states. 

For this reason, Emancipation Day is traditionally celebrated on May 20 in Florida. 

We're highlighting the following resources at the Division of Library & Information Services to help join in the Emancipation Day celebration.  

Many of these resources are available online, or you can plan a visit to use them in person. 

Emancipation & reconstruction bibliography

This guide from the State Library of Florida explores Emancipation in Florida and the Reconstruction period that followed (1865-1877). 

Florida Memory

More online resources

The Gale Virtual Reference Library contains additional information and research related to the Emancipation Proclamation.

The GVRL is accessible to all Floridians.

Selected resources include: 


imls180.for.panel.jpgMany of these resources and programs are funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Florida's LSTA program is administered by the Department of State's Division of Library and Information Services.