Juneteenth Program: African-American Soldiers in the Civil War
Published on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - 5:52pm
Please join the DC Public Library for our Juneteenth Program. On Tuesday, June 8, at 6:30 p.m, the library will host a lecture by Dr. Leslie Rowland, Associate Professor at the University of Maryland at College Park. Music will be provided by a "Washington, D.C." institution, the Sanctuary Choir of the New Bethel Baptist Church.
Juneteenth is a special occasion. On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger entered Galveston, Texas with 2,000 troops. He issued General Order 3, which is said to have contributed to the freeing of 200,000 slaves, two and half years after President Lincoln's Emancipation decree of January 1, 1863. Each year since June 1865, former Texas slaves and their descendants have celebrated freedom. Today, "Juneteenth" is a commemorative holiday in 31 states and the District of Columbia.
Rowland, a specialist in the transition from slavery to freedom in the U.S. South. Dr. Rowland directs the Freedman and Southern Society Project. She is also the author or editor of six books that include Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861-1867, Slaves No More: Three Essays on Emancipation and the Civil War and Freedom's Soldiers: The Black Military Experience in the Civil War (1998). Among the honors that she has received are the J. Franklin Jameson Award of the American Historical Association and the Lincoln Prize for excellence in Civil War Studies.
Dr. Rowland will discuss the topic, "African American Soldiers in the U.S. Civil War." Her talk with cover the origins of the decision to recruit black soldiers. She will also focus on black soldiers' experiences in the Union army, the significance of their service to themselves, to other African Americans, and to the nation as a whole. Dr. Rowland will use slides with her lecture.
The Sanctuary Choir has performed throughout the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. The very talented group is known for its songs of inspiration and encouragement. Dr. Anthony Leach serves as the minister of music and organist. He has gained national recognition as an Associate Professor of Music at Pennsylvania State University. For over 25 years, Dr. Leach has performed sacred and secular music from the African American tradition. He is past national chair of the American Choral Directors Association Repertoire and Standard Committee on Multicultural & Ethnic Perspectives.
Please join us on June 8th at 6:30pm in the Great Hall at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.
The library is located at 901 G Street, NW Washington, DC 20001.