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Columbus celebrates 150 years of freedom

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - In case you didn't know, Thursday April 16 is a historical day for the Chattahoochee Valley.

Columbus and Phenix City celebrated 150 years of freedom.

On this day in 1865, both cities, which were confederate territories, were seized by the Union Army and all slaves in both territories were freed.

Dozens of people attended today's Jubilee observance at the Columbus Black History Museum and Archives.

Dave Gillarm from the Columbus Black History Museum said,“the focus was to remember the end of slavery here in Columbus on April 16tth 1865.and rejoice in that day just as those former slaves would have rejoiced when General Wilson freed that slaves from slavery.”

Phenix City Mayor Eddie Lowe and Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson were in attendance.

They both gave proclamations during today's ceremony.

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