Today in History: Slaves in Newyork Freed

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Slaves in Newyork Freed

In 1817, the state freed all slaves born before July 4, 1799 (the date of the gradual abolition law), to be effective in 1827.

Enslaved adult men and women were set free; however, it continued with the indenture of children born to slave mothers until their 20s.

On July 4, 1827, the African-American community celebrated final emancipation with a long parade through New York City.

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