TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The 150 year anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation was celebrated today in Tallahassee at the Knott House Museum.
In 1865, Union Brigadier General Edward M. McCook established his headquarters in Tallahassee and announced the Emancipation Proclamation in Florida.
As a part of today's event, Tallahassee resident Brian Bibeau portrayed General McCook in a recitation of the Emancipation Proclamation from the steps of the museum.
He was joined by the Leon Rifles Second Florida Volunteer Infantry Regiment and the Second Infantry Regiment U.S. Colored Troops Reenactment Unit and Living History Association.
Florida's Secretary of State Ken Detzner was also on hand for the occasion.
"Well what it means is good example of what we need to live by and learn by everyday in our daily lives," said Detzner. "Freedom, the price of freedom, what our military veterans have sacrificed to have this freedom and enjoy the beautiful place in Florida, that we know to be Tallahassee, our capitol city."
Emancipation Day is part of a week-long celebration of emancipation in the state's capitol city.
The celebration at the Knott Museum has been going strong now since 2001.