Erik DuMont of Washington, D.C. gets a plastic firefighters hat for his son Jackson, 2. during the Washington, D.C. Emancipation Day parade, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, April 16, 2013. President Abraham Lincoln freed approximately 3,100 slaves in the District of Colombia on April 16, 1862, nine months before the Emancipation Proclamation. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Photo by: ANDREW HARNIK

Erik DuMont of Washington, D.C. gets a plastic firefighters hat for his son Jackson, 2. during the Washington, D.C. Emancipation Day parade, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, April 16, 2013. President Abraham Lincoln freed approximately 3,100 slaves in the District of Colombia on April 16, 1862, nine months before the Emancipation Proclamation. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)