Watch Nights Mark Emancipation Proclamation 150th - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

Watch Nights Mark Emancipation Proclamation 150th

Posted: Updated:

WASHINGTON (AP) - As New Year's Day approached 150 years ago, all eyes were on President Abraham Lincoln. The nation was expecting what he warned would be coming just 100 days earlier: a final proclamation declaring all slaves to be free in Southern states rebelling against the Union.
 
The tradition of holding Watch Night services began Dec. 31, 1862, as many black church congregations awaited word that the Emancipation Proclamation had taken effect amid the ongoing Civil War.
 
This year, that tradition follows the document to its home at the National Archives, with a special midnight display planned with readings, songs and bell ringing among the nation's founding documents.
 
The official proclamation bearing Lincoln's signature and the United States seal will make a rare appearance beginning Sunday.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • ContestsMore>>

  • Spring Gas Giveaway

    Spring Gas Giveaway

    Let WMDT fill up your tank! It's time for our Spring Gas Giveaway! More >>
    Enter for your chance to win a $100 Exxon/Mobil Gas Card!More >>
  • Teacher Who Makes A Difference

    Teacher Who Makes A Difference

    The WMDT 47 Teachers Who Make a Difference Contest is Sponsored by Accurate Optical: "Encouraging children of all ages to come in for an annual eye exam to help them see better in school." Each month weMore >>
    The WMDT 47 "Teachers Who Make a Difference" Sponsored by Accurate Optical Encouraging children of all ages to come in for an annual eye exam to help them see better in school.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WMDT. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.