Louisville Journal-Courier: “It was a time of very mixed emotions,” Harris said. “There was some anxiety and fear, but it was also a day of jubilee, so there was happiness and joy. The proclamation set enslaved people on a new path, to freedom that they had never really known. They didn’t know what freedom would be like. So there were a lot of emotions on that day.”
There were also other uncertainties for those awaiting freedom.
“To me, it goes without saying that President Lincoln said he would sign the proclamation,” Harris said. “But for people at the time, there was fear that something would happen, and he wouldn’t sign it. They weren’t completely sure that the proclamation would go through, as planned.” […]