Freedom Declared in Tallahassee

May 21, 2018

As it had been 153 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation was once more read from the steps of Tallahassee's Knott House on Sunday, May 20.

Brian Bibeau as Brigadier General Edward McCook reads the entire text of the Emancipation Proclamation from the steps of the Knott House Museum.
Credit Tom Flanigan

"I do order and declare that all persons held as slaves within said designated states and parts of states are, and henceforward shall be, free," exclaimed Brian Bibeau in his long-standing role as Union Brigadier General Edward McCook.

The Emancipation Day event in the Capital City included other speeches and special music, all part of the community celebration of freedom.