Each year Washington Parks & People holds an illumination ceremony for the DC Emancipation Day Lights of Freedom which honors the 8,428 African American lives buried in Walter Pierce Park. This day requires an enormous amount of community help each year. On Saturday, April 15th, Washington Parks & People needs volunteers to help us set up 1500+ lumnaria bags throughout the park that will be lit in remembrance at dusk. The actual event will take place at sunset and lighting will begin at 7:00pm; however, we need volunteers starting at 9:00am to help assemble the bags. If you are unavailable to come at 9:00am but still want to help, please contact us to set up a time that works for you! Both large groups and individuals would be wonderful for this event. Also, if you cannot help volunteer during the day but would like join us for the ceremony, the event is open and free to the public and we encourage all community members to come out and honor the lives of those buried in Walter Pierce Park.
Event: DC Emancipation Day Lights of Freedom
Date: Saturday, April 15th
Time: 9:00am-6:00pm; event starts at sunset
Location: Walter Pierce Park, 2600 block of Adams Mill Road or the east end
of the Duke Ellington Bridge on Calvert Street (three blocks from Woodley
Park/ Zoo Metro Station)
Contact: email@example.com to RSVP a spot to volunteer or if
you have any questions about the event. Bring your friends and family! The
more the merrier!