County’s Annual Created Equal Event To Recognize
Florida Emancipation Day on May 20
Leon County, The Village Square and Tallahassee Museum Honor Statewide History
||Leon County Government, The Village Square and Tallahassee Museum
||Created Equal: Stretching Towards Freedom
||A Conversation about Florida Emancipation Day
||Thursday, May 20 at 6:30 p.m.
||Register for the virtual discussion at www.LeonCountyFl.gov/CreatedEqual
As part of the Club of Honest Citizens series, Leon County Government, The Village Square and Tallahassee Museum will host the sixth annual “Created Equal: Stretching Towards Freedom, A Conversation about Florida Emancipation Day” on Thursday, May 20 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. RSVP to attend Created Equal, by visiting www.LeonCountyFl.gov/CreatedEqual.
This year’s Created Equal event commemorates Emancipation Day in Florida. Recognized on May 20, this holiday marks the first announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation in Leon County.
To honor the past and look to the future, Created Equal 2021 will highlight both local and state-wide historians as they discuss Florida’s history of enslavement, civil rights and how we continue to stretch towards freedom today. The panel discussion will include:
The journey toward freedom that began 156 years ago on the steps of the Knott House continues today in our community. Across the years and across the state, attendees will be asked how we have and will continue to stretch towards freedom.
From Union General McCook’s announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation to local Lunch Counter Sit-Ins led by Patricia Stephens Due, Leon County has been home to many vital moments in the stretch towards freedom and mirrors the greater struggles of black citizens across the state and country. In recognition of this state-wide history, Leon County Government is dedicated to continuing education and conversation on this topic through its Created Equal programming. In addition, on September 29, 2020 Leon County became the first county in Florida to officially recognize Florida Emancipation Day.
The virtual Created Equal event will also include artistic performances from the Godby High School choir and Omega Lamplighters with a guest appearance of Royce Lovett.
To RSVP to attend Created Equal, visit: LeonCountyFL.gov/CreatedEqual.
For more information, contact Eliza Chase, The Village Square at (850) 281-1223 / Eliza@VillageSquare.Us or Leon County Community and Media Relations at (850) 606-5300 / CMR@LeonCountyFL.gov.