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Today is National Freedom Day, celebrating slavery becoming illegal

Posted at 7:29 AM, Feb 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-01 12:42:14-05

PRESIDENT HARRY TRUMAN SIGNED THE BILL, proclaiming Feb. 1 as National Freedom Day in 1948. — Today is a day to let freedom ring because it's officially National Freedom Day.

Feb. 1, 1865, is the day President Lincoln signed the 13th amendment, outlawing slavery in the United States.

A former slave in Philadelphia named Richard Robert Wright Sr. pushed for the creation of National Freedom Day to celebrate.

President Harry Truman signed the bill proclaiming Feb. 1 as National Freedom Day in 1948.