Win prizes in Washington, D.C. scavenger hunt

Washington, D.C. celebrated 150 years of emancipation with a fun contest.

WASHINGTON, DC., March 28, 2012 — Discover Washington, D.C.’s history in a unique way by competing in a history hunt around the city that commemorates Abraham Lincoln’s act freeing all enslaved people in the District of Columbia 150 years ago.

The District’s emancipation took place a full nine months before President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation freed enslaved people in the South.

DC Emancipation Day, April 16, takes contestants to 11 sites around the city where they must complete challenges to rack up points for a chance to win prizes.

The 30 competitors with the highest scores will receive gift bags courtesy of President Lincoln’s Cottage and be entered into a drawing for the grand prize: a two-night stay at the Willard InterContinental Washington.

The citywide hunt will take most participants four hours to complete.

A free application is available for download on iPhone and Android smartphone devices.(Complete downloading instructions are available at )

This unusual history-soaked scavenger hunt is sponsored by the Willard, Ford’s Theatre, Lincoln’s Cottage and Cultural Tourism DC.

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