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Emancipation Day

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The colored people of our city attempted to show tlicir regard lor the day set apart to celébrate their emanclpatlon frona slavery, last Monday. Tlie early trams from the east, west and south brongbt niiinbers of oolored people to the city, at leaat 1,000 rtraogen of this daas coming hert' to celébrate. The Dexter band was liired for the occasion, v. hicli, together with a colored ban.] iVom Toledo, furnished the illusie. At abpBt 11 o'clock a. 111. a procession was f'ormed in front of the square, an.l marched to the fi reman 's park, where the ezercisea of the day ucre l,cM. Arriving at the grounda tpeeches were made by Hou. E. P. Allen, of Ypsilantl, the orator of the day ; Daniel Mills, of Detroit; Prof. T. p. Wilson and 8. Moore, of this city. After the speech making various amUMmentl werc resorted to. and in the evening those vrho deeired onlted In the Kiilt'y niazes of the dance. A general good time was had, and the eclebration u as a success in every particular. It is very evident that some contciuptiblc and nnderhanded means were used by certaiu partios in this city to kill off the celebration of Bmancipatlon Day by the colored people of this city. We are Infornu d that the troublc arose from a little jealousy in the selection of committes. Rev. C. W. E. Gillmore, pastor of the African M. E. church, of this city, showed us a letter from a gentleman at Toledo, Mr. R. Massenburg, expressing surprise :it the rcr.i'H.t if 11 l.tlj.r rfk( il. ut l.o ocio bration at Ann Arbor had all been given up. and the Toledo folks must not come. The letter was signed by Rev. C. W. E. Oillmore and C. A. Clift". Mr. G. pronounces it a forgery, and states that he will inake it exceediiiffly warm for the writer if he can tind htm out. No such man as C'llll" ia knowu in the city. We are also informeel that dispatches were sent to Jackson, Marshall, Adrián, Chathani, and elsewhere, stating that the celebration had been given up, and all the colored people here were going to Detroit. This stopped a great many from coming to the city who would otherwise have done so, and was a mean way to prevent the success of the celebration in this city.


Ann Arbor Courier
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