An in person celebration with guest speakers and refreshments will be held outside at the NAACP located at 720 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Stuart, FL 34994. On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing enslaved people in the rebelling Southern states. It was more than two years later at the end of the Civil War, on May 10, 1865, that Union Brigadier General Edward M. McCook arrived in the state capital of Florida, Tallahassee, to take possession of the city from Southern forces. On May 20, after official control of the region was transferred to Union forces, he declared the Emancipation Proclamation in effect.
Stuart, FL 34994