This Saturday at St. James Baptist Church you are cordially invited to come and see Freedom Day, a riveting story based on true accounts of wounded soldiers at Mitchellville, circa 1865.  From 10 AM – 3 PM, there will be live performances, freedom songs, food, and arts & crafts at 209 Dillon Road, Hilton Head, SC.

The Emancipation Proclamation was issued 150 years ago on January 1, 1863 by President Abraham Lincoln.  The nation had undergone two years of a civil war, and the Emancipation Proclamation declared that all people that were held as slaves “are, and henceforward shall be free.”  

Although mighty in theory, the Emancipation Proclamation was limited in that it applied only to those states that had seceded from the Union.  Those parts of the Confederacy that were already under northern control as well as loyal border states were essentially exempt.  Finally, it depended on Union military victory.

On a positive note, it did change the character of the war given that as federal troops advanced, they did so in the name of freedom.  As such, the Civil War become a moral one.  It also allowed Black men into the Union Army and Navy for the first time.  With almost 200,000 Black soldiers and sailors involved by the end of the war, the liberated were able to become the liberators.  With the later approval of the 13th Amendment in 1865, slavery finally became unconstitutional and illegal.

To see the actual Emancipation Proclamation, click here.