National Freedom Day

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National Freedom Day
United States
National Freedom Day

On February 1, the United States annually observes National Freedom Day, commemorating the signing of the resolution that would later become the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Abraham Lincoln, on February 1, 1865, affixed his signature to the document that marked the abolition of slavery. While the resolution underwent subsequent ratification by the states, this momentous act served as the initial stride toward ensuring freedom for all, irrespective of their origins or skin color.

Major Richard Robert Wright Sr., an American civil rights advocate, politician, and former slave, envisioned a day when all Americans would celebrate their liberty. He convened national and local leaders to unite and establish a movement dedicated to honoring the signing of the 13th Amendment by A. Lincoln.

This initiative led to the formation of the National Freedom Association, which proposed designating a memorial date to draw attention to the ongoing struggle for freedom for African-Americans. The day of the 13th Amendment's signing was chosen as the official National Freedom Day.