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Moore, McDonnell commemorate emancipation

Virginia Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources Anthony Moore speaks Saturday on the bank of the Rappahannock River, overlooking Tinpot Run near Remington. (CLINT SCHEMMER)

Anthony Moore, Virginia’s deputy secretary of natural resources for Chesapeake Bay restoration, delivered fitting and thoughtful remarks on Saturday at the “Crossing the Rappahannock: A Pilgrimage to Freedom” event at Cow Ford in Fauquier County, near Remington.

Moore, a Virginia Military Institute graduate, is a native of Richmond.  He previously was a senior policy advisor in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and policy director at the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.

I’ll have more on Moore’s remarks, and other features of this momentous and moving occasion, soon.

In the meantime, let me share the Certificate of Recognition from Gov. Bob McDonnell that Deputy Secretary Moore announced on the 150th anniversary of the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, there on the banks of the Rappahannock River on a fine fall day.

Click on the title to download a PDF of the document: 150th Anniversary of the 1862 Crossing of the Rappahannock A Pilgrimage to Freedom

For convenience, I wish I could offer a plain-text version of the certificate, but extracting that tonight is beyond my technical capabilities.