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David Ruggles Freedom Courtyard

 
 
David Ruggles Freedom Courtyard Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, March 3, 2017
1. David Ruggles Freedom Courtyard Marker
Inscription.
David Ruggles Freedom Courtyard
dedicated on the 19th day of October in the year 2013
and to honor the 150th anniversary of
The Emancipation Proclamation
signed by Abraham lincoln on January 1, 1863
Whereas, on the twenty-second day of September, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred sixty-two, a proclamation was issued by the President of the United States, containing, among other things, the following, to wit: “That on the 1st day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred sixty-three, all persons held as slaves within any State, or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free; and the executive Government of the United States, including the military and naval authority thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of such persons, and will do no act or acts to repress such persons, or any of them, in any efforts they may make for their actual freedom. “That the Executive will, on the first day of January, aforesaid, by proclamation, designate the States and parts of States, if any, in which the people thereof respectively shall then be in rebellion against the United States; and the fact that any State, or the people thereof, shall on that day
David Ruggles Freedom Courtyard Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, March 3, 2017
2. David Ruggles Freedom Courtyard Marker
be in good faith represented in the Congress of the United Slates by members chosen thereto at elections wherein a majority of the qualified voters of such State shall have participated, shall, in the absence of strong countervailing testimony, be deemed conclusive evidence that such State and the people thereof are not then in rebellion against the United States.” Now, therefore, I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, by virtue of the power in me vested as commander-in-chief of the army and navy of the United States and as a fit and necessary war measure for repressing said rebellion, do, on this first day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred sixty-three, and in accordance with my purpose so to do, publicly proclaimed for the full period of 100 days from the day first above mentioned, order and designate as the States and parts of States wherein the people thereof, respectively, are this day in rebellion against the United States, the following, to wit: Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana (except the parishes of Saint Bernard, Plaquemines, Jefferson, Saint John, Saint Charles, Saint James, Ascension, Assumption, Terre Bonne, Lafourche, Saint Mary, Saint Martin, and Orleans, including the city of New Orleans), Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia (except the forty-eight counties designated as
Plaque at the base of the Arch image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, March 3, 2017
3. Plaque at the base of the Arch
“Six hundred in three years I have saved, had it been in one year, I should have been nearer my duty, nearer the duty of every American, when he reflects that it was the blood of colored men, as well as whites, which crimsoned the battle fields of Bunker Hill and the rest, in the struggle to sustain the principles embodied in our Declaration of Independence.”
West Virginia, and also the counties of Berkeley, Accomac, Northampton, Elizabeth City, York, Princess Ann, and Norfolk, including the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth), and which excepted parts are, for the present, left precisely as if this proclamation were not issued. And by virtue of the power and for the purpose aforesaid, 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; and that the Executive Government of the United States, including the military and naval authorities thereof, will recognize and maintain the freedom of said persons. And I hereby enjoin upon the people so declared to be free, to abstain from all violence, unless in necessary self-defense; and I recommend to them that in all cases, when allowed, they labor faithfully for reasonable wages. And I further declare and make known that such persons of suitable condition will be received into the armed service of the United States to garrison forts, positions, stations, and other places, and to man vessels of all sorts in said service. And upon this act, sincerely believed to be an act of justice, warranted by the Constitution, upon military necessity, I invoke the considerate judgment of mankind and the gracious favor of Almighty God. In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed. Done at the city of Washington, this first day of January, in of our Lord [L.S.] one thousand eight hundred sixty-three, and of the independence of the United States of America the eighty-seventh.
By the President:
(signature) Abraham Lincoln
Secretary of State
(signature) William H. Seward


 
Erected 2013.
 
Location. 41° 31.567′ N, 72° 4.556′ W. Marker is in Norwich, Connecticut, in New London County. Marker is at the intersection of Union Street and Broadway, on the left when traveling south on Union Street. Touch for map. Located in front of Norwich City Hall. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Broadway, Norwich CT 06360, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Angelo Sanquedolce Memorial Plaza (within shouting distance of this marker); Central Baptist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Hopkins & Allen Gun Factory (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); 26th Regiment Connecticut Volunteeers (approx. 0.3 miles away); Slater Museum (approx. mile away); John F. Slater (approx. mile away); William Ashby McCloy (approx. mile away); U.S.S. Maine Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Norwich.
 
Also see . . .  David Ruggles on Wikipedia. (Submitted on March 10, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. African Americans
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 10, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 10, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 85 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 10, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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