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Reverend Henry Steele speaking during the Emancipation Day Celebration at the Knott House Museum in Tallahassee.
Manners and customs
Slaves--Emancipation--United States--Anniversaries, etc
Speeches, addresses, etc
African Americans--Florida--Leon County--Tallahassee
African American religious leaders--Florida--Leon County--Tallahassee
African American clergy--Florida--Leon County--Tallahassee
Note celebration presented by the John G. Riley Museum and Museum of Florida History.
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."
Rev. Henry Steele is the son of Rev. Charles Kenzie Steele. Both Charles and Henry Steele were instrumental in desegregating the Tallahassee public bus system in the 1950s.
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Chicago Manual of Style
Brockmann, Sara. Reverend Henry Steele speaking during the Emancipation Day Celebration at the Knott House Museum in Tallahassee. 2015. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. <https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/295029>, accessed 1 March 2024.
Brockmann, Sara. Reverend Henry Steele speaking during the Emancipation Day Celebration at the Knott House Museum in Tallahassee. 2015. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.<https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/295029>
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(State Archives of Florida/Brockmann)