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Richmonders pray, celebrate end of slavery during annual Emancipation Proclamation Service

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RICHMOND, VA (WTVR) – Richmonders gathered at Fifth Baptist Church on West Cary Street in Richmond, Virginia Monday morning, January 02, 2012,  to celebrate the end of slavery.

The annual service took on a special meaning this year as the region remembers the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

“We believe if you don’t know your history, if you don’t celebrate your history then future generations are not aware of the progress that’s been made,” said Rev. Roscoe D. Cooper III. “Even though we’ve made tremendous progress, all has not yet occurred as far as the advancement of our dreams.”