Historic Markers Across Alabama



May 28th Celebration -- Battle and Antioch Communities



Marker ID: AHA 
Location: Rutherford Rd. at Mandy Rd., Hurtsboro, AL
County: Russell
Coordinates: N 32° 9.288    W 085° 18.462
  32.1548    -85.3077
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None
 



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May 28th Celebration --Battle and Antioch Communities
Russell County, Alabama


President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, in the midst of the Civil War. Freedom for the South's slaves, however, only came with the end of the conflict, April 1865. The joyous news reached Negro slaves in this area in May. Since that time, May 28th has been established as a community holiday to commemorate a day of freedom, attracting celebrants from all over the nation. "Thank God we are in His care."







End of May 28th Celebration -- Battle and Antioch Communities