National Freedom Day, a United States observance that falls on February 1 every year, recognizes President Abraham Lincoln’s signing of a joint House and Senate resolution. This latterly was ratified by the U.S. Constitution as the 13th Correction. The Amendment to abolish slavery was signed by President Lincoln on February 1, 1865.
This date was later celebrated as Black History Day
Major Richard Robert WrightSr. was born into slavery in the middle of the 20th century and liberated after the Civil War. He believed there should be an American freedom day to celebrate. Wright invited original and public leaders to Philadelphia to discuss plans to designate February 1, as a reminder of President Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the 13th Correction to the U.S. Constitution on that date. All U.S. slaves were freed by the correction.
Both houses of Congress approved a bill celebrating February 1, National Freedom Day in 1947 after Wright’s death.
Each time, the President can issue a proclamation declaring February 1 National Freedom Day. This is to mark the signing by Abraham Lincoln of the resolution adopted by the Senate (and the House of Representatives) that proposed the 13th amendment to the Constitution.
How to Celebrate National Freedom Day
Many metropolises and municipalities hold carnivals on this day. Some Americans reflect deeply on the freedoms the United States protects and the appreciation of the United States’ goodwill. For National Freedom Day, wreath-laying at Liberty Bell in Philadelphia has been a tradition for many years. The day’s symbols may feature a theme of freedom and equality for all Americans.