It was May, 20, 1865 when the Emancipation Proclamation, made by President Abraham Lincoln was announced in downtown Tallahassee. Come celebrate this historic day in our nation's history on the actual site of the local announcement! The Proclamation will be read by Brigadier General Edward Moody McCook (portrayed by Brian Bibeau) followed by a free lunch on the lawn proceeding the program. In addition, you'll also experience period music, speeches and even costumed interpreters. The festivities take place from 2:00 until 4:00 pm at the Knott House Museum located at 301 E. Park Avenue and at Lewis Park across the street.
Thought to have been built in 1843 by free black builder George Proctor, the Knott House has a rich and interesting history, and even served as temporary Union headquarters during the Civil War. In 1985 the Historic Tallahassee Preservation Board became the beneficiary of the house, and in 1997, it became a part of the Florida Department of State's Museum of Florida History. If you'd like to learn even more about this significant historical site, free tours are offered Wednesday through Saturday throughout the year. For more information, visit http://museumoffloridahistory.com/about/sites/.