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Letters To Our Ancestors: An Introduction To 150th Anniversary Of The Emancipation Proclamation Project

One hundred and fifty years ago today, the Emancipation Proclamation was issued. In celebration of this milestone in American history and the impact it had both on the nation and the Black community, we've decided to do something a little special.

Letters To Our Ancestors is an anthology of heartfelt letters to those who came before us on this day of remembrance and celebration. We've asked leading Black community members to share their own words of gratitude, mourning (and sometimes apology) to that generation of brave souls who embarked into a new world after hundreds of years of subjugation.

Below, you'll find letters from all walks of life. Read through them and share your own letter in the comments section. We'll be highlighting your comments and thoughts throughout the day.

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