Enslavement to Emancipation
200 I Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003
An informative and compelling television documentary produced by the Office of Cable Television chronicling the history of the Compensated Emancipation Act of April 16, 1862, freeing enslaved people of Washington, DC. The documentary also highlights the single largest attempted slave escape in U.S. history aboard a schooner called the Pearl. Enslavement to Emancipation recounts the heroic war-time contributions of what was then called the U.S. First Colored Troops, African American slaves turned soldiers fighting for the Union during the Civil War.
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