Wesley and Loretta Hanes

Wesley and Loretta Hanes

Wesley (j. 11/1958; d. 2010) and Loretta Hanes (j. 12/1960; d. 2016) are the parents All Souls member Peter Hanes. Wesley served on the Hospitality Committee, the Buildings and Grounds Committee (1982), and the RE Committee (1969). Mrs. Hanes sang with the Jubilee Singers (1982) and served on the Social Concerns Committee (1982) and the Summer Program Committee (1969).

Loretta Hanes spent her life fighting for educational equality and for official recognition of April 16 as Emancipation Day in DC. A distinguished educational activist and longtime president and director of DC Reading is Fundamental, Inc., Loretta spent much of the 1980s planning annual emancipation educational programs to re-establish annual emancipation celebrations. She raised awareness among DC government officials, local businesses, churches, and schools, culminating in her leading annual wreath laying ceremonies at the Emancipation Memorial in Lincoln Park to help get April 16 accepted as a holiday. Her decades-long advocacy was successful and resulted in Mayor Marion Barry declaring April 16, 1996, “Emancipation Day” in DC, and Mayor Anthony Williams making Emancipation Day an official public holiday.

Washington Post article on Loretta Hanes

DC History Center entry on Loretta Hanes

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