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Monument to honor emancipation unveiled, dedicated in Richmond

The Emancipation and Freedom Monument was unveiled to a rain-soaked audience at Brown’s Island on Wednesday.

RICHMOND, Va. — Editor's note: The video above is on file from Aug. 25, 2021.

A monument honoring Virginians who fought against slavery has been dedicated in the former capital of the Confederacy.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the Virginia Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commission unveiled its Emancipation and Freedom Monument to a rain-soaked audience at Brown’s Island on Wednesday. 

Artist Thomas Jay Warren's creation features two 12-foot bronze figures, one of a newly freed man with chains broken from his wrists.

The other is a woman holding an infant in one arm and in her other hand a page that reads “January 1” and the Roman numerals representing 1863, the date that Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation took effect.

Editor's note: The video above is on file from Sept. 8, 2021.