However, current Mayor Adrian Fenty proposes eliminating the day next year to save about $2 million in holiday pay to critical workers -- and stirring concern among the city's activists who say Emancipation Day is a reminder of the city's history, The Washington Post reported Friday.
"It is politically disrespectful for Mayor Fenty to eliminate a day that has been important to the people who have spent generations in the city and have built this city," Dominic Moulden, executive director of ONE DC, a community organizing group, told the Post. "Emancipation is the only holiday that honors the enslaved Africans in D.C."
Fenty said the "day we were freed as slaves will always be a day to commemorate" and that the city's government will find new ways to draw attention to Lincoln's action.
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