Friday, September 21, 2001

Emancipation Proclamation event goes on

The Associated Press

        GALLIPOLIS, Ohio — The nation's longest-running annual observance of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation will go on this weekend even though some folks will be heavy-hearted over the terrorist attacks.

        Actually, with the events fresh in people's minds, the talk of freedom will sound sweeter than ever, said Luella Henry, chairwoman.

        The two-day event celebrating the 138th anniversary of President Lincoln's signing of the document that sought to abolish slavery in the United States will be held at the Gallia County Fairgrounds, about 100 miles southeast of Columbus.

        Organizers say only Gallia County has held an observance annually without interruption.

        Ms. Henry said organizers did not want to cancel the program.

        Instead, flags will fly at half-staff, moments of silence will be observed and prayers said.


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