Percussionist Malari Moore of Farafina Kan performs at a 2011 Emancipation Day celebration at National Geographic. (Susan Biddle for The Washington Post)
This year, Washington celebrates the 150th anniversary of Emancipation Day on April 16, with a parade, fireworks and a city-wide scavenger hunt. The day before, Lincoln Cottage is the site of a special program of speakers and music.
See more highlights of the city’s Emancipation Day events .
Fritz Hahn has covered bars, drinks and nightlife for the Washington Post Weekend Section since 2003, but he also writes about everything from Civil War battlefields to sailing classes. You can find him on Twitter