It was on 2 March 1807 that the US Congress passed an act abolishing the international slave trade, but it was not to take effect until this day, 01 January 1808. Although slavery as an institution would continue until 1865, it would be illegal to import newly-captured Africans "from any kingdom, place or country" to be enslaved in the United States of America.
Also, on this day in African-American history:
- 1854 - Lincoln University, the oldest HBCU, was incorporated.
- 1863 - The first Emancipation Proclamation was signed by President Lincoln. It's purpose was to free only the slaves in the states that were in rebellion against the Union.
- 1916 - The first issue of the Journal of Negro History was published by Dr. Carter G. Woodson.
- 1966 - The seventh and last day of Kwanzaa is celebrated for the first time.
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