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2015 Emancipation Proclamation Day Parade
1/8/2015 11:19:02 AM

From left to right: Rev. Edward McClain, Rev. Maxwell Samuels, Rev. Alfred Williams, Rev. Nelson B. Rivers, III, Ethel L. Greene, Emancipation President, Rev. Herbert Temoney, Rev. Willis Glover, Rev. Alfonzo Washington, Rev. Arthur Evans
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The year 2015 started with a bang when hundreds of local churches, organizations and civic groups gathered at the campus of Burke High School for the Annual Emancipation Proclamation Day ‘Big Street’ Parade that was held on January 1, 2015. This year’s festivities celebrated the 152nd signing of the Emancipation.

Ms. Ethel Greene, President of the Emancipation Proclamation Association coordinating the event, was pleased with the outcome.

“I am very thankful for all the support we have gotten from the community to make this years’ event another success in 2015. Year after year we continue to get contributions from volunteers who understand the meaning and purpose behind the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. I would like to thank everyone who was involved in putting the parade together.”

Charleston resident Shanice Simmons who attends the event annually seemed to thoroughly enjoy this year’s festivities. “The parade takes me back to my childhood as I’ve been coming to see the parade since I?was a little girl. Now I bring my kids with me every year just like my parents did for me. My kids love seeing all the floats ride by and listen the high school bands as they march through the streets. ”

Marion Campbell, another longtime parade attendee, had a great time at the parade with his grandchildren. “It brings great joy to my heart to see my grands smiling and dancing at the parade. These at moments that you will remember forever during their childhood.”

Campbell also mentioned his pleasure seeing the youth involvement with the event. “It’s good to see our young people doing something positive with all the senseless violence that is happening today. The kids in the parade did a wonderful job entertaining the crowd. I?can’t wait to see what they have in store for us next year.”

The parade began at 11:00 a.m. on Fishburne Street near Burke High School with an assemblage of participating church units, floats, kings and queens from various civic & social community groups. The crowd gathered along the streets and cheered as they were entertained by the colorful and enthusiastic participants of this years’ grand event. The parade ended on Calhoun Street at Emanuel AME Church.

The church service for the event was held at Calvary Baptist Church on Rutledge Avenue immediately following the parade. Rev. Herbert Temoney, Pastor of Greater St. Luke Church, was orator of the day.


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