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Emancipation celebration begins tonight

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GALLIA COUNTY — A whole weekend filled with activity is planned to commemorate the longest running celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation, which marks its 150th year. The weekend schedule is as follows:


Friday, September 20, 2013


Ariel-Dater Hall, 426 Second Avenue, Gallipolis


6 p.m., Homecoming Reception, Second Floor Banquet Hall


7 p.m., Concert, Ariel Theatre Main Auditorium, featuring the group “Ordinary People” of Gallipolis, Ohio and guest soloists Crystal Wagner of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania and Phillip Armstrong of Tulsa, Oklahoma


8 p.m., Candelight walk to Ohio River with remarks by Deacon Glenn Miller; Song: “Lift Every Voice and Sing” – Led by Bobby Dean Gordon and Jeannie Williams, both of Gallipolis, Ohio; Closing prayer by Rev. Gene Armstrong, Pastor of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, Bidwell, Ohio


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Saturday, September 21, 2013


Bob Evans Farms, 10854 Ohio 588, Rio Grande


10 a.m., Opening ceremony


10:30 a.m., Zumba on the grounds near inflatables, weather permitting; musical selections, River Valley Marching Band


11 a.m., 5K Run/Walk start at the University of Rio Grande campus; Civil War Music, Steve Ball; Remarks/performances, President Abraham Lincoln, portrayed by Fritz Klein


1 p.m., Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, Promotions/animal encounters


2 p.m., Welcome and recognition of local, state and national dignitaries, Glenn Miller, Vice-President of Emancipation Committee


Ohio Civil War 150 Heritage Award, presented by the Ohio Civil War 150th Advisory Committee


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Reenactor Tent Schedule


10:30-11 a.m., Ilene Evans portraying Harriet Tubman (life in camp)


11:15-11:45 a.m., USCT 5TH Regiment


12-12:30 p.m., Michael Crutcher portraying Frederick Douglas


12:45–2 p.m., Break for Columbus Zoo presentation


2-2:30 p.m., Fritz Klein portraying President Abraham Lincoln


2:45-3:15 p.m., Anthony Gibbs portraying a Civil War Soldier


3:30-4 p.m., Ilene Evans portraying Harriet Tubman (life with military)


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Sunday, September 22, 2013


Bob Evans Farms, 10854 Ohio 588, Rio Grande


10 a.m., Morning worship service


Sermon by Reverend Otha Gilyard, President of the Ohio Baptist General Convention


1:30 p.m. - Afternoon program; Welcome/special remarks by Andrew Gilmore, President of Emancipation Committee


Keynote Speaker: Justice Yvette McGee Brown, first African-American female justice on the Ohio Supreme Court


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Reenactor Tent Schedule


Closed for morning worship service


12-12:30 p.m., Michael Crutcher portraying Frederick Douglas


12:30-1 p.m., Fritz Klein portraying President Abraham Lincoln


1-1:30 p.m., USCT 5TH Regiment


Closed for keynote speaker

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