Civil War and Emancipation Day


Explore the end of the Civil War and the end of slavery in Richmond through:

  • Illuminations representing the city’s devastating evacuation fires
  • Powerful programs commemorating the emancipation of the city’s enslaved African-Americans
  • Presentations and programs following in the footsteps of those who were here at this historic time, from evacuating Confederate officials, to United States Colored Troops arriving in the city, civilians caught in the vortex of dramatic change, and President Lincoln as he explored Richmond while it was still smoldering.

The following is a day-by-day schedule of events. These pages will be updated as programs are added or changed.