GARY | The Interfaith Clergy Council of Gary & Vicinity hosts the 53rd Emancipation Proclamation Service of Freedom at 10 a.m. today at 5th Avenue United Methodist Church, 2600 W. 5th Ave., Gary.
Christians, Jews and Muslims will join clergy, school principals and political and religious leaders for the program.
Pastor Dwight Gardner is the speaker; Bishop Norman J. Hairston ll is president of the Interfaith Clergy Council of Gary & Vicinity; Bishop Dale Cudjoe is the program chairman; the Rev. Vera Johnson is the host pastor.
The Emancipation Proclamation consists of two executive orders issued by President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War.
The first one, issued Sept. 22, 1862, declared the freedom of all slaves in any state of the Confederate States of America that did not return to Union control by Jan. 1, 1863.
The second order, issued Jan. 1, 1863, named the specific states where it applied.