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File #: R-67-20    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Second Reader
File created: 12/6/2020 In control: City Council
On agenda: 1/11/2021 Final action:
Title: Maryland Emancipation Day - For the purpose of supporting the establishment of November 1st as Maryland Emancipation Day; and generally relating to Maryland Emancipation Day.
Sponsors: Brooks Schandelmeier, Gavin Buckley, Rhonda Pindell Charles, Sheila Finlayson, Elly Tierney
Attachments: 1. R-67-20 First Reader, 2. R-67-20 Staff Report, 3. R-67-20 Fiscal Impact Note

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Maryland Emancipation Day - For the purpose of supporting the establishment of November 1st as Maryland Emancipation Day; and generally relating to Maryland Emancipation Day.

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CITY COUNCIL OF THE

City of Annapolis

 

Resolution 67-20

 

Introduced by: Alderman Schandelmeier

Co-sponsored by: Mayor Buckley, Alderwoman Pindell Charles,

Alderwoman Finlayson, Alderwoman Tierney

 

A RESOLUTION concerning

 

Maryland Emancipation Day

 

FOR                     the purpose of supporting the establishment of November 1st as Maryland Emancipation Day; and generally relating to Maryland Emancipation Day.

 

 

WHEREAS,                     on November 1, 1864, Maryland adopted a new constitution that abolished slavery, making it the first state with slaves to voluntarily free its slaves by popular vote; and

 

WHEREAS,                     President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 had only freed slaves in rebel states, of which Maryland was not one; and

 

WHEREAS,                     Annapolis was a port where slaves such as Kunta Kinte were shipped to the New World; and

 

WHEREAS,                     on January 8, 2020, Senator Ellis introduced Senate Bill 76 for the purpose of establishing Maryland Emancipation Day as a State legal holiday, a public school holiday, a bank holiday, and a State employee holiday; and

 

WHEREAS,                     Senator Ellis intends to sponsor the same version of Senate Bill 76 during the 2021 legislative session; and

 

WHEREAS,                     the Annapolis City Council wishes to express its support for establishing November 1st as Maryland Emancipation Day.

 

NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE ANNAPOLIS CITY COUNCIL that the City of Annapolis supports the establishment of November 1st as Maryland Emancipation Day, and encourages the Maryland General Assembly to establish November 1st as a State legal holiday, a public school holiday, a bank holiday, and a State employee holiday. 

 

 

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