Local NAACP Chaper Celebrates Emancipation Proclamation Anniversary

By: Morgan Kyrklund Email
By: Morgan Kyrklund Email

PANAMA CITY - The Bay County NAACP held its second annual Jubilee Fest Saturday to celebrate the Emancipation Proclamation anniversary.

151 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation; freeing all the people held as slaves in the south.

Locals came together Saturday afternoon at the Martin Luther King Jr. recreation center to teach children about the important milestone in American history.

The program was filled with fun games and prizes to promote learning.

"We want or children to know about our history because we believe it is our duty and our responsibility to pass our rich history and heritage on to our children. If you don't know where you've come from then certainly you don't know where you're going to," said Dr. Rufus Wood Jr., Bay County NAACP President.

The Emancipation Proclamation was actually signed into law January 1, 1863.

Organizers held the event on a Saturday to make it easier for families to come out.

More than 50 children showed up.


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