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Emancipation Celebration in Albany

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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

January 1, 2009

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - It was on this day 146 years ago that President Abraham Lincoln declared slaves be freed... in the Emancipation Proclamation.

Thursday, the Albany Baptist Ministers Conference celebrated that major milestone. They thanked God for how far black people have come since that time, and celebrated another milestone, the election of the first African American as President.

Rev. H.C. Wilson said, "This year is a special time because of the fact that we had a man of color as our President, so it just lets us know and we appreciate it. We thank God for blessing us and keeping us all these years."

Rev. James Bush said, "To have someone, the essence of President elect Obama, is just another way of seeing and knowing that God has all power in his hands."

The Emancipation Proclamation did not put an end to slavery. That came two years later, in 1865, with the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution which officially abolished slavery.