BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – The 13th Amendment is adopted, and the first Negro History Week is celebrated. All this and more in today’s special edition of, “This Day in History”.
On this day in 1865, the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was adopted by Congress. The amendment officially abolished slavery.
On this day in 1926, the first Negro History Week was celebrated by Carter G. Woodson. The celebration became a month long in 1976, officially creating Black History Month.
On this day in 1902, – Langston Hughes born this day in Joplin, Missouri. Hughes is best known as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920’s.
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