“News from Fortress Monroe” (January 4, 1863)

Juneteenth Art

This article, published by the New York Times on January 4, 1863, describes a parade in Norfolk celebrating the Emancipation Proclamation. This tradition, which began in 1863, continued until at least 1944 as a form of the Juneteenth holiday.


Excitement in Norfolk—Four Thousand Negroes in Procession, Celebrating the Advent of Freedom.

Fortress Monroe, Thursday, Jan. 1.

In Norfolk, last evening, owing to the misconstruction of an order, issued for a different purpose, about 200 persons were arrested, while returning from places of amusement.

Considerable excitement was created in Norfolk, to-day, by a negro celebration. The contrabands collected together, with their marshals, formed a procession consisting of at least 4,000 negroes, of all kinds and colors, headed by a band of music, (drums and fifes,) and paraded through the principal streets of the city. They carried several Union flags, and cheered loudly for the downfall of African Slavery.

It was understood that they were celebrating the birthday of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Fortress Monroe, Friday, Jan. 2.

The United States Navy Machine Shops, now located at Fortress Monroe, are soon to be removed to Norfolk, Va.

The transport ship Morton and the gunboat Cambridge, sailed from here yesterday afternoon.

The iron-clad Montauk left Fortress Monroe, passing down the Roads, this afternoon.

APA Citation:
New York Times. “News from Fortress Monroe” (January 4, 1863). (2021, May 25). In Encyclopedia Virginia.
MLA Citation:
New York Times. "“News from Fortress Monroe” (January 4, 1863)" Encyclopedia Virginia. Virginia Humanities, (25 May. 2021). Web. 15 Apr. 2024
Last updated: 2021, May 25
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.