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Bells ring out for freedom

Churches commemorate Emancipation Proclamation signing

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Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 12:00 am

ATTLEBORO - At least three area churches heeded the call of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Committee of Greater Attleboro to participate in marking the 150th anniversary of the moment that the Emancipation Proclamation was signed and became effective on Jan. 1, 1863.

The New Year's Day bell-ringing by Second Congregational Church, Murray Unitarian Universalist Church and All Saints Episcopal Church - all in Attleboro - was part of a nationwide movement to ring the bells in honor of President Abraham Lincoln issuing the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation on Sept. 22, 1862. It announced that he would order the freeing of all slaves in any Confederate state that did not return to the Union by Jan. 1, 1863.

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