New Year's day services mark anniversary of ending slavery - WKRN News 2

New Year's Day services mark anniversary of ending slavery

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In the midst of football, resolutions and some hangovers, New Year's Day means much more for many African-Americans.

In several African-American churches across Middle Tennessee they observe the January 1 anniversary of 1863's Emancipation Proclamation.

One such celebration on the date slavery ended in America was at the Corinthian Baptist Church in north Nashville.

"This is better than saying Happy New Year, this put your words to work," Pastor Enoch Fuzz told the crowd during the remembrance at his church. "This day is called Jubilee in the African-American community."

With the other New Years traditions in mind, Pastor Fuzz said, "This should be a time when the street is filled with people trying to worship God. You ought to take time out to serve."'

There were many other voices heard in midday service at the north Nashville church.

"It's about freedom, not just for black people, but for all people," said Pastor A.T. Griffey of the nearby Mount Olive Church on Albion Street. "And for us, it is a mile marker to really make us realize where we come from and the struggles that we went through."  

During the songs and prayers that commemorated Jubilee, the entire Emancipation Proclamation was read.

A similar remembrance was held at a church in Clarksville sponsored by the city's NAACP.

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