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Charles Town in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Emancipation In Jefferson County

 
 
Emancipation In Jefferson County Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, July 23, 2022
1. Emancipation In Jefferson County Marker
Inscription.  On January 1, 1863. when President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, he declared persons held as slaves in states that were in rebellion to be free. Lincoln specifically exempted the counties of present-day WV save Jefferson, which had the largest population of slaves at the time. Elsewhere in the new state, slavery was not abolished until February 3, 1865.
 
Erected 2019 by West Virginia Archives & History.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Abolition & Underground RRWar, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is January 1, 1863.
 
Location. 39° 17.428′ N, 77° 51.638′ W. Marker is in Charles Town, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker is on North George Street (West Virginia Route 115) near East North Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 213 N George St, Charles Town WV 25414, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Martin R. Delany (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The First School for "Colored" in Jefferson County (about 400 feet away); Colonel Charles Washington
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(about 400 feet away); Explore the Washington Heritage Trail / Afoot in Historic Charles Town (about 400 feet away); Charles Washington's Town (about 400 feet away); Two Treason Trials (about 400 feet away); The Trial of John Brown (about 500 feet away); Charles Washington Hall (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charles Town.
 
Emancipation In Jefferson County Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Doda, July 23, 2022
2. Emancipation In Jefferson County Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 20, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 16, 2022, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 134 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 16, 2022, by Craig Doda of Napoleon, Ohio. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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