Notice! The coloured people of the city of Richmond would most respectfully inform the public, that they do not intend to celebrate the failure of the Southern
African Americans, emancipation, celebrations
Newspapers reported that about 20,000 African Americans turned out on April 3, 1866, to celebrate their emancipation in a parade from the fairgrounds to Capitol Square. Although many white Richmonders had expressed anger at the celebration, African Americans attempted to calm their fears by issuing this notice of their intent to celebrate their freedom and not the city's fall.
C. Harris, J. Cocks, J. Edmunds, F.J. Smith, N. Williams
Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, Virginia
April 2, 1866
Courtesy of the Virginia Historical Society