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A Bell on top of a marker commemorating "Slaves Freed". Former St. Augustine slave Mary Gomez reported in an early 20th century St. Augustine newspaper article that when word of the Emancipation Proclamation reached the city, all slaveholders were ordered to release their slaves and allow them to gather in a large vacant lot at the location where the proclamation was to be read. The slaves were freed during the reading and the ''bonds'' of the slaves, including Mary Gomez, were ''struck off.''
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A Bell on top of a marker commemorating "Slaves Freed". Former St. Augustine slave Mary Gomez reported in an early 20th century St. Augustine newspaper article that when word of the Emancipation Proclamation reached the city, all slaveholders were ordered to release their slaves and allow them to gather in a large vacant lot at the location where the proclamation was to be read. The slaves were freed during the reading and the ''bonds'' of the slaves, including Mary Gomez, were...
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