From Ohio History Central
One of Gallia County's claims to fame is the longest running Emancipation Proclamation Day Celebration in the United States. This event commemorates the freedom of African-American slaves in areas in rebellion during the Civil War. The celebration in Gallia County began on September 22, 1863 on the one-year anniversary of the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation. It has been held every year since that time.
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