GALLIPOLIS - For the past 144 years, residents of Gallia County have pulled together to celebrate the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, and this year is no different.
On Saturday, Sept. 22, which also happens to be the anniversary of the actual signing of the document, the Gallia County Fairgrounds will come to life with historical reanactors and present day entertainers for the Annual Emancipation Celebration.
Slated for this year's event are the Praise Team Dancers from Portsmouth; music by Brother in Spirit, Dr. J.W. Smith and the Burlington Male Chorus and guest speakers, Harold Mill, executive executive officer of Zero Chaos and Dr. Carl Denbow, Ohio University.
President Lincoln and Mrs. Lincoln, Frederick Douglass and other historcal figures from the Ohio Humanities Council will return, as well as dignitaries from the local and state government offices. Civil War reanactors from the 5th and 12th regiments of the U.S.C.T. will encamp for the weekend.
The celebration kicks off at 10:30 a.m. on September 22 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 23.
On Saturday, a bean dinner was held at the Foodland on Ohio 160 to raise funds for the event.
For more information, visit www.emancipation-day.com.