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Emancipation Day

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Parent Issue
Day
7
Month
August
Year
1896
Copyright
Public Domain
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Emancipatiou Day was oelebrated in Anu Arbor last Friday by negroes froiu Jacksou, Ypsilanti, Detroit, Toledo aud other poiDts as vvell as those resident in the city. All morniug loug the people kept dropping into the city and by the time the procession was ready to start for Relief Park at 11 o'clock the city was bnsily alive with the nurnbers who were on the streets. The proces3iou was made up of the celebrated Newsboys' Band, of Detroit, members of Lucullus Lodge, No. 5, K. of P. , in regalia, and the speakers and principal guests of the day in carriages. The crowd at the park in the afternoon numbered about 800 people and addresses were delivered by JRev. D. A. Graham, of Chicago; JRev. C. S. Sniith, D. D., of Nashville, Tenn. ; F. A. Merchant, of Ypüilanti, and M. W. Guy, of this city. Choice selections of music were reudered by the Newsboys' Band. The lunch and refreshment stauds were well patrouized. In spit3 of the earnest endeavors of the cominittee to prevent the sale of intoxicating liquors on or near the grounds Jacob J. Duppër had erected a beer stand just outside the Relief Park and was busily engaged in dispensing the liquid refreshments when he was discovered by the cominittee and Rev. Win. Collins. The latter at once got word to Marshal Peterson who promptly put a stop to this illicit sale of iutoxicants. On the whole the afternoon was very pleasantly spent by all. Not a few engaged carriages and drove arouud the city. The day was a model oue for a celebration aud full advantage was taken of it. The sooial party and cake walk given by the Social Club of Lucullus Lodge, No 5, K. of P. , was a fitting close to the day's enjoyment. It was largely attended not only by dancers but by spectators wbo had gathered to witness the cake walk. To the indefatigable labors of VY. H. Fields, the chairrnan of the committee of arrangements, is due the great measure of sucoess that the party attained. Twelve couples ranged theruselves in line for the cake walk under the captaincy of Mr. Jones, of Toledo. The judges were Wil) Hatch, Frank Ryan and Ed. Lohr and their decisions were eminertly satisfactory. The prizes were awarded as follows: First prize, Mr. and Mrs. Win. O. Thomas, of Anu Arbor; secoud prize, Harry Srnith, of Toledo, and Miss Etta Richardson, of Ypsilanti; thirc prize, Mr. and Mrs. Judson Mulder, ol Alma; prize to best dressed lady, Mrs. W. O. Thomas, of Aun Arbor; besi dressed gentleman, David Robinson, ot Ann Arbor; best round dancers, first priz, Miss Kittie Heuderson, of Ann Arbor ; second prize, Miss Rebecca Turner, ol Ann Arbor. In the cake walk the bt-.-t walker amoust the ladies was Miss Kittie Henderson, but her partner could Lot or did not know how to keep step with her and she was consequen tly barred. After the prizes had been awarded the dancing was resumed and kept up uutil an early hour in the morning. All in all it was a pleasing celebration of the emanoipatiou of the colored race from the bonds of slavery. A fine stack fruit cake was drawn for during the evening and the holder of the lucky number that won the prize was Mrs. Carrie Fields.

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Ann Arbor Argus
Old News