Several North Carolina Congressmen and judges called on the federal government Sunday to recognize Dec. 6 as “Abolition Day” – the day that a constitutional amendment ended slavery.
U.S. Reps. David Price and G.K. Butterfield were scheduled to speak at the Abolition Day event in Raleigh, held exactly 150 years after the 13th Amendment became law.
U.S. Court of Appeals Judge James Wynn and N.C. Superior Court Judge Kendra Hill helped lead the effort in North Carolina.
“Dec. 6, 1865, is arguably the most significant moment in African-American history,” Wynn said. “Ours is a nation of laws, grounded in the Constitution, and it took an amendment to our core document to finally erase the blight of slavery from our laws.”
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President Barack Obama issued a proclamation on Friday highlighting the 150th anniversary of the amendment.