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Reenactors recreate a reading of the Emancipation Proclamation at the Knott House Museum in Tallahassee.
Celebration presented by the John G. Riley Museum and Museum of Florida History.
"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."
Accompanying note: "In this particular celebration, Brian Bibeau reenacts the role of General McCook by reading the Emancipation Proclamation. The Leon Rifles Historical Reenactors and the United States Colored Troops Living History Association also participated during the event."
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Brockmann, Sara. Reenactors recreate a reading of the Emancipation Proclamation at the Knott House Museum in Tallahassee. 2015. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. <https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/295511>, accessed 27 May 2022.
Brockmann, Sara. Reenactors recreate a reading of the Emancipation Proclamation at the Knott House Museum in Tallahassee. 2015. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory. Accessed 27 May. 2022.<https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/295511>.
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