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Jubilee Day program at St. Paul AME Church, 1993

Posted on January 1, 2019 | in Uncategorized | by

On January 1, 1993, Gerald Coleman, a junior at the University of Kentucky, portrayed writer, orator and one-time slave Frederick Douglass at the Jubilee Day program sponsored by the Lexington chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People at the St. Paul AME Church in downtown Lexington. The program, celebrating the 130th anniversary of the day the Emancipation Proclamation took effect, was organized by the Rev. Robert Keesee of St. Paul Church and it was the first Jubilee Day program in Lexington in at least 30 years. The three-hour program, attended by at least six denominations, was church service, history lesson, celebration, political discussion and community soul-searching rolled into one. Photo by David Perry | Staff

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