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Howard County Emancipation commemoration illustrates the past
Howard County Emancipation commemoration illustrates the past

Bells will peal and special events unfold in Howard County on Saturday as part of a statewide effort to mark the 150th anniversary of Maryland's stepping up to the plate in a big way on Nov. 1, 1864. That's when it officially became the first slave state in the country to voluntarily free its slaves, over a year before the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution abolished slavery across the nation on Dec. 6, 1865. But wait a minute. Hadn't Abraham Lincoln already freed the slaves nearly two years earlier with the Emancipation Proclamation? President Lincoln's decree on Jan. 1, 1863 — in the midst of the American Civil War — only freed slaves in...

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