If you’re like me, you’ve probably never heard of National Freedom Day. Well, fear not, I am here to enlighten you. National Freedom Day is a day to honor the signing of the proposed 13th amendment. The president at this point in history, was Abraham Lincoln and he signed it to end slavery.
There are many ways you can celebrate National Freedom Day this year. You can take an active role in promoting good will and equality or personally reflect on the importance of freedom and appreciating it. One of the more well-known traditions is the laying of the wreath at the Liberty Bell to symbolize liberty and freedom. So, however you choose to celebrate National Freedom Day, take a moment to appreciate the freedom we have today.
Check out these great resources, too!
5 Facts about National Freedom Day. (2018). States News Service.
Walton, H., Jordan, K. A., Kadalie, M., Stewart, M., & Green, R. (2001). The presidential and congressional documents on the first African-American national holiday: National Freedom Day. The Journal of Negro History, 86(3), 348. https://doi.org/10.2307/1562452
Johnston, T. (2018). Today marks National Freedom Day. UWIRE Text.
Crofts, D. W. (2016). Lincoln and the politics of slavery : The other thirteenth amendment and the struggle to save the union. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press.
Foner, E. (2010). The fiery trial: Abraham Lincoln and American slavery. New York: W. W. Norton & Co.