Parade marks 151 years since Emancipation Proclamation signing

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Wednesday marked 151 years since the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Some recognized the day with the Annual Emancipation Day Parade Wednesday morning, which kicked off at Burke High School.

The parade continued down King Street all the way to Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Calhoun Street.

One of the marchers told us he was a part of the parade 60 years ago and that the day means a great deal to him.

"It's an emotional thing for me. Because it's a part of our lives," said Clinton Fields. "The Emancipation Proclamation has always been very important in the lives of black people. It has to be. The end of slavery is a big deal for us."

A group of local ministries started the Emancipation Proclamation Parade in 1964.


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