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1865 Washington, D.C. Celebration by the Colored People's Educational Monument Association in Memory of Abraham Lincoln
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The Fourth Of July, 1865.
The Fourth of July, 1865, was indeed a memorable day, being the first time that the colored people have attempted any celebration of a national character. The celebration was gotten up under the auspices of the Colored People's National Lincoln Monument Association, whose efforts have, in this respect, been crowned with the full measure of success. Thousands were present on the grounds throughout the entire day. The Washington City Sabbath School Union were present in great numbers, with many banners, flags, mottoes, and devices, forming one of the chief features of the celebration. Many distinguished persons were present; including senators, representatives, members of the judiciary, officers of the Government and officers of the army and navy. Promptly at twelve o'clock, Mr.J . F. Cook, who presided throughout the day, called the vast assemblage to order and introduced Elder D.W. Anderson, pastor of the Nineteenth street Baptist Church, who opened the exercises of the day, with the following impresive prayer:
O Lord, we have assembled here to day, to celebrate the Eighty-ninth Anniversary of our nation's Independence. We have sinned against Thee, O Lord, for the past eighty-five years, until thy wrath kindled hot against us, and confused the councils of this great people. At length the thunderbolts of war were hurled by one portion against the other of these once united States. And now, Lord, for the past four years, we have been butchering each other, until now that the backbone of the slavemongers' rebellion is broken, we stand before Thee, O God, a nation redeemed by the commingled blood of the Anglo-Saxon and the Anglo-African races, poured out like water upon any battle-fields. Remember in kindness, O God, the widow and the
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