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January 1, 2008

Sasser - It was on this day 145 years ago that President Abraham Lincoln declared slaves were to be freed. He signed the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, and on Tuesday, members of the Terrell County community came together at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Sasser to celebrate that important act.

Reverend Clarence Moore says it's important that no one forget that not everyone always had the liberties we celebrate today. Moore said, "This is just a reminder that things have not always been as they are now and for our just giving thanks for the freedom that we do possess right now."

Rev. Ezekiel Holley said, "We're in this thing together. The white man must love the black man and the black man must love the white man and we'll get through it." The Terrell County Chapter of the NAACP celebrates the emancipation proclamation every year.

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