Civil War and Emancipation Day

Civil War & Emancipation Day

The Emancipation Proclamation is signed. The Civil War is over. And the United States is preparing to rebuild as a unified nation.

Join us on April 2–4, 2015 to see history in action on the streets of Richmond during the commemoration of Civil War and Emancipation Day.

In April 1865, the darkest days in United States history came to an end as the Union army took control of Richmond and Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox Court House.

Today, the 150th commemoration of the Civil War and Emancipation Day draws to a close. For four years, we’ve sought to better understand our nation’s history and its influences on our world today.

In these final days, we’ll march forward, again coming together on the State Capitol grounds in Richmond. Educational museums and presentations will add to the story of the American Civil War, while cultural experiences will bring together our citizens to celebrate a more unified city and nation.

2014 Civil War & Emancipation Day