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Lincoln's Cottage hosts D.C. Emancipation Day events

Sunday - 4/15/2012, 4:49pm  ET

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The Lincoln Cottage welcomes visitors, speakers, a band and D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray to celebrate the 150th anniversary of D.C.'s Emancipation Day. (Thomas Warren/WTOP)

WASHINGTON - President Lincoln's Cottage is hosting a celebration of the 150th anniversary of District of Columbia Emancipation Day to mark the day slaves were freed in the nation's capital.

The free celebration on Sunday afternoon will feature Lincoln presidential scholars and a musical program. Lincoln experts at the program will include Harold Holzer, Edna Greene and Frank Williams. They will discuss Lincoln's role in the D.C. Emancipation Act, the reactions to it and the role citizens played.

On Monday, the cottage museum will also join Cultural Tourism D.C., Ford's Theatre and the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in hosting a citywide mobile scavenger hunt called "Free in D.C."

The cottage where President Abraham Lincoln spent about a quarter of his presidency is now a museum.


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