Missouri’s Slaves are Freed

Missouri’s Emancipation Proclamation made on January 11, 1865, would bring freedom for all of its’ former slaves… Sharing my St. Charles County History blog…

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On January 11, 1865, Missouri’s Constitutional Convention called together in St. Louis declared: All men are born free and independent and have certain inherent rights; among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It is therefore, declared, that slavery and involuntary servitude shall cease to exist in Missouri, on the fourteenth day of January, A.D. eighteen hundred and sixty-five, otherwise than for the punishment of crime, whereof the party shall have been duly convicted. And all slaves within this State on that day are hereby declared to be free.*

*Journal of the Missouri State Convention Held at the City of St. Louis, Missouri Democrat, Corner Fourth and Pine Sts, St. Louis, 1865

On January 1, 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation took effect, the formerly enslaved would literally dance in the street. However, Lincoln’s Proclamation did not free those here within the border State of Missouri…

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