About National Freedom Day
National Freedom Day is a national observance on February 1 honoring the signing by President Abraham Lincoln of a joint resolution that later became the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution on February 1, 1865.
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Major Richard Robert Wright Sr., first president of our institution, believed there should be a day when freedom for all Americans is celebrated. Wright invited national and local leaders to meet in Philadelphia to formulate plans to set aside February 1 each year to memorialize the signing of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. One year after Wright's death in 1947, U.S. Congress passed a bill to recognize National Freedom Day. The proclamation was signed into law on June 30, 1948, by President Harry Truman.
President Truman Signs the Proclamation into Law, June 30, 1948