The task ahead of you is never as great as the power behind you. Be strong in the Lord, and in His Mighty Power. – Ephesians 6:10

On “Freedom’s Eve,” or the eve of January 1, 1863, the first Watch Night services took place. On that night, enslaved and free African Americans gathered in churches and private homes all across the country awaiting news that the Emancipation Proclamation had taken effect. At the stroke of midnight, prayers were answered as all enslaved…

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