“Empire Day” Emperor Norton 160th Year Celebration | SF
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Transamerica Redwood Park | Clay Street between Montgomery and Sansome, San Francisco, CA
Submitted by the Event Organizer
On the morning of September 17, 1859, Joshua Norton walked into the office of George Fitch, editor of the San Francisco Evening Bulletin and handed Fitch a proclamation declaring himself “Emperor of these United States.” Fitch printed the proclamation in that evening’s edition. With this single act, Norton founded a borderless Empire of the heart that continues to the present and into the future.
His most bad ass proclamation as “Emperor?” Whoever after due and proper warning shall be heard to utter the abominable word “Frisco,” which has no linguistic or other warrants, shall be deemed guilty of a High Misdemeanor, and shall pay into the Imperial Treasury as penalty the sum of twenty-five dollars. – 1872
“Empire Day” 160th Anniversary Celebration
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 | 6 pm to 8 pm
Outside Transamerica Redwood Park, Clay Street bet. Montgomery & Sansome, SF
Please join the Campaign this coming Tuesday to continue to forge a tradition whose time has come.
There will be a 5-10 minute commemoration starting at 6 pm sharp — marks the 160th anniversary of the Empire and the advent of the 161st year of the Nortonian realm. Then make their way to the Comstock.
It may be far from a coincidence that Joshua Norton chose 17 September to declare himself and his Empire — as this also was the date, in 1787, when delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia signed the U.S. Constitution.
Today, 17 September is an official U.S. holiday known as Citizenship Day. So please join and declare yourself a citizen of the Empire.