2022 Emancipation Proclamation Parade was largest in history

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg and representatives of the Emancipation Proclamation Association and the International African American Museum said this year’s Emancipation Proclamation Parade was largest ever.

Olympic Silver Medalist and Charleston native Raven Saunders served as the Parade Grand Marshal. This is America’s oldest parade in observance of the Emancipation Proclamation.

The 156th Annual Emancipation Proclamation Parade took place on Saturday, January 1, 2022. It started at Burke High School ended in front of the construction site of the International African American Museum. Some people traveled from across the Southeast to view the parade.

“I came down from Virginia with my family to see the Emancipation Proclamation Parade,” said one attendee.  “We are so excited to celebrate with you and celebrate our heritage.  We thank you for the wonderful hospitality you extended to us.” 

“This is amazing,” said Dr. Tonya Matthews, CEO of the International African-American Museum. “To have the parade end at the spot where I am working feels humbling, embracing and brand new.  This is my very first Emancipation Day Parade.  Not every city in America does this.  I really enjoyed the fellowship and the reminder that there is still work to be done.”

The parade was sponsored by the Emancipation Proclamation Association, a Charleston-based nonprofit organization. Parade proceeds (from parade registrations) benefit the Albert W. Hunt Education Scholarship Program maintained by the Emancipation Proclamation Association.

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This is a Collection of Photographs and Videos from the 156th Emancipation Proclamation Parade held in Charleston South Carolina on Saturday, January 1, 2022.  

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