On April 19, 1866, the African American citizens
of Washington D.C. celebrated the abolition of
slavery. 4,000 to 5,000 people assembled to the
White House addressed by Andrew Johnson. Led by two
black regiments the spectators, and the procession
proceeded up the Pennsylvania Avenue to Franklin
Square for religious services and speeched by
prominiet politicians. The sign on top of
the platform read: "We have recieved our civil rights.
Give us the right of suffrage and the work is done."