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Annapolis celebrates 150 years of freedom

Annapolis celebrates 150 years of freedom

When President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation that took effect Jan. 1, 1863, the document didn't apply to Maryland. That's because Lincoln "did not want to turn off or anger those border states with slaves that had remained faithful to the Union — like Missouri, Maryland, Kentucky and Delaware," said Chris Haley, director of the Study of the Legacy of Slavery in Maryland in the research department of the Maryland State Archives. In fact, it was nearly two years later, on Nov. 1, 1864, that Maryland's third Constitution actually freed slaves in the Free State. To mark the 150th anniversary of Maryland emancipation, the Annapolis...