The 2nd Infantry Regiment U.S. Colored Troops Living History Association, in partnership with the John G. Riley Center Museum presents the 8th Annual Emancipation/Abolitionist Ball, as a part of its Season of Emancipation activities. It will be held on Friday, May 18 at 7 p.m., at the Florida National Guard Armory, 1225 Easterwood Drive. The ball culminates the citywide commemoration of May 20,1865, the day that slaves received the news in Florida that slavery had been abolished. In honor of the 153rd anniversary of the reading of the Emancipation Proclamation in Tallahassee, attendees are encouraged to wear Civil War period attire, and they will enjoy old-fashioned, Civil War era cuisine for dinner. Among the highlights of the ball is the presentation of the Althemese Barnes Outstanding Service Award for extraordinary service in the preservation and promotion of African American History. This year’s recipient is Wayne Tedder, Assistant City Manager, Development Services and Economic Vitality, City of Tallahassee. Tedder has been an advocate for several preservation projects across the city of Tallahassee including the nationally acclaimed Smokey Hollow Village at Cascades Park and instrumental in Frenchtown revitalization initiatives.