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Slavery abolished 150 years ago, Chattanoogan's reflect

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Singing hymns, Chattanoogans met near the Walnut Street Bridge Sunday where The Emancipation Proclamation was read.

They also marched toward North Shore, following the same route slaves took years ago on the road to freedom, something many never got the chance to experience.

The marchers then paused and reflected on the words from the Thirteenth Amendment that outlawed slavery.

“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude except as a punishment for crime, whereof the party should have been duly convicted shall exist in the united states or any place subject to their jurisdiction,” said KaDaius Scott.

After a fifteen minute walk the commemoration came to an end; those who walked say the fight against injustice continues.

“I’m still dealing with whether or not we are still free in this very community. There are still those that oppose, and those that are strongly against inclusion,” said Elenora Woods, President, Chattanooga NAACP.

A sentiment shared by Mayor, Andy Berke who was also in attendance on a historic day of remembrance.

“Everybody in our city coming together to say how do we build a place that honors not just the text of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendment, those critical words that changed our country, but also honor the spirit,” said Berke. 

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