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Historical marker at the Knott House Museum in Tallahassee.
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Slaves--Emancipation--United States--Anniversaries, etc
Two-story houses--Florida--Leon County--Tallahassee
Public institutions--Florida--Leon County--Tallahassee
Historic buildings--Florida--Leon County--Tallahassee
Historical markers--Florida--Leon County--Tallahassee
Signs and signboards--Florida--Leon County--Tallahassee
Shown during an Emancipation Day Celebration presented by the John G. Riley Museum and Museum of Florida History.
Note marker reads, "This house was constructed in 1843, probably by George Proctor, a free black builder. Attorney Thomas Hagner and his bride Catherine Gamble became the home's first residents the following year."
"Immediately after the Civil War ended, Union Brigadier General Edward M. McCook used the house as his temporary headquarters when he occupied Tallahassee. On May 20, 1865, McCook declared the Emancipation Proclamation to be in effect, thereby announcing freedom for all enslaved persons in the greater Tallahassee region. In 1883, a prominent local physcian, Dr. George Betton, bought the house where he maintained an office."
"In 1928, the Knott family acquired the house, added the large columns in front along with other renovations, and lived here until 1985. William Knott served the State of Florida for more than forty years as tax auditor, comptroller, and state treasurer. His wife Luella was a musician, a poet, and an advocate for social causes. Their home bcause known as "The House That Rhymes" because she adorned its Victorian-era furnishings with her poems that blended history and moral lessons with charm and wit."
Accompanying note: "The Knott House served as the Union Army's headquarters in 1865, after Brigadier General Edward McCook arrived in Tallahassee to accept the surrender of the Confederate forces in Florida. On May 20, 1865, McCook announced President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation from the steps of this house. The anniversary of this announcement is typically celebrated as Emancipation Day in Florida. The Knott House Museum opened in 1992, and has often served as a venue for Emancipation Day celebrations."
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Brockmann, Sara. Historical marker at the Knott House Museum in Tallahassee. 2015. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. <https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/295024>, accessed 30 June 2022.
Brockmann, Sara. Historical marker at the Knott House Museum in Tallahassee. 2015. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.<https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/295024>
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(State Archives of Florida/Brockmann)