On November 1, 2022, Governor Charlie Baker signed into law H.3117, An Act designating July 8 as Massachusetts Emancipation Day, a.k.a. Quock Walker Day, in recognition of the declaration of rights that rendered slavery unconstitutional in the Commonwealth as well as the significant contributions made by Quock Walker to abolish slavery in the Commonwealth, and recommending that the day be observed in an appropriate manner by the people.  H.3117 additionally directs the Governor to issue a proclamation annually to commemorate the day. Quock Walker Day celebrates the momentous court case of 1783 that heralded the end of slavery in Massachusetts. Each year, the Association of Black Citizens of Lexington hosts an event in honor of Walker winning his case.

Paula Paris and Joseph Zellner, Re-enactor and past president of if the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Company A Re-enactors

Paula Paris and Joseph Zellner, past president and a member of the reenactor group, the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, Company A.

Chandra Harrington and Sean Osburne, leader of the Association of Black Citizens of Lexington

Chandra Harrington and Sean Osborne, the founder of the Association of Black Citizens of Lexington.

Chandra Harrington and Leslie Brunetta manning the CBHP table at Quoc Walker Day

Chandra Harrington and Leslie Brunetta manning the CBHP table at Quoc Walker Day.

Lewis Facts Sheet for Quoc Walker Day