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Watch Nights mark Emancipation Proclamation 150th

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WASHINGTON (AP) — As New Year's Day approached 150 years ago, all eyes were on President Abraham Lincoln in expectation of what he warned 100 days earlier would be coming — his final proclamation declaring all slaves in states rebelling against the Union to be "forever free." A tradition began Dec. 31, 1862, as many black churches held Watch Night services, awaiting word that Lincoln's...

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