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Emancipation Proclamation celebration held at historic home
Emancipation Proclamation celebration held at historic home

A week of events in remembering the Emancipation Proclamation started Monday at an historic home in Las Vegas.

A community cleanup and recycling effort took place at the Harrison house. It is dedicated to the preservation and sharing of African-American history in Las Vegas.

The home on F Street and Adams Avenue was a private residence for Geneva Harrison built in 1942, but it provided temporary housing for African-American entertainers and prominent black Americans during the 1940s and 50s.

"Our goal is to let the world know how important this place is, not only to Nevada but for America, because we're celebrating Nevada's 150th birthday. We've been a state 150 years, and we want to show the role that African Americans played in Nevada's statehood," committee chairperson Katherine Duncan said.

The Harrison House was just one of several boarding houses in the neighborhood. Now, it is the only one that is still standing.

For more on the rest of the week's events, go to harrisonhouselasvegas.org.

 

 

 

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