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Richmond service to celebrate slavery's end

Monday - 1/2/2012, 9:00am  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Richmond tradition that dates to 1940 continues this year when the annual Emancipation Proclamation Service is held in the capital city.

The service traditionally is held on New Year's day but since it fell on a Sunday the program was shifted to Monday at Fifth Baptist Church.

The community event pays tribute to President Abraham Lincoln's proclamation freeing slaves in the South. Richmond was a thriving center of the slave-trading industry during the Civil War.

The program is open to the public.

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