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Church celebrates freedom from slavery

 By Tayleigh Davis - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  Dozens of people remembered freedom from slavery that started 147 years ago today. Church members and people from the community reflected on the signing of the Emancipation proclamation in 1863.

It's an event the Albany Baptist Ministers Conference presents every year to educate people and young children on where their history is rooted. People enjoyed music and a speech from Congressman Sanford Bishop.

" This day is to keep us going upward rather than downward," said Reverend Horace Boyd of Shiloh Baptist Church. "It's not about hating but loving people and we would like to have that shared and do the best we can as people."

The Emancipation Proclamation eventually led to the freedom of slavery through the 13th Amendment.

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