Emancipation Day

CR Gibbs DC Emancipation 2016

Before Emancipation: Slavery and Freedom in the District of Columbia, 1790-1862

In honor of D.C. Emancipation Day, noted, local, award-winning international lecturer, author and historian of the African Diaspora, C.R. Gibbs will present a lecture  entitled,  DC Emancipation entitled, “Before Emancipation: Slavery and Freedom in the District of Columbia, 1790-1862. The program will be held on Wednesday, April 15, at  7 p.m.
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DC Emancipation Day Edit-a-thon

On April 16, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act. On April 17, 2016, we will create and edit Wikipedia pages about the people central to this important event in the history of the District of Columbia.

Nannie Helen Burroughs: Her Contributions and Legacy

On April 16, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the DC Compensated Emancipation Act of 1862.  The Law freed over 3,000 slaves and reimbursed slaveholders. It also set the stage for festive rejoicing, as former bondsmen and their descendants celebrated Emancipation Day in the nation’s capital through parades and other commemorative events since 1862.  
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Telling Our Story to the World

On April 16, 1862, President Lincoln signed the DC Compensated Emancipation Act of 1862.  The Law freed 3,100 slaves and reimbursed slaveholders. It also set the stage for festive rejoicing, as former bondsmen and their descendants celebrated Emancipation Day in the nation's capital through parades and other commemorative events since 1862.
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An Evening of Poetry and Discussion

On April 16, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the DC Compensated Emancipation Act of 1862.  The Law freed over 3,000 slaves and reimbursed slaveholders.  It also set the stage for festive rejoicing, as former bondsmen and their descendants celebrated Emancipation Day in the nation's capital through parades and other commemorative events since 1862.  
picture from DC emancipation reenactment

The Pearl Incident of 1848: An Effort to Construct a Replica of a Sailing Ship

On April 15, 1848, fourteen years before President Abraham Lincoln signed the DC Compensated Emancipation Act of 1862, seventy-seven slaves attempted a daring escape from the nation's capital by sea on the schooner Pearl. In recognition of the 154th Anniversary of DC Emancipation Day, Mr. David W. Smith, Sr., Executive Director of the Pearl Coalition, will provide a lecture on the Pearl Incident and an update on the organization's effort to build a replica of the sailing ship. 
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Environmental Film Festival: Children's Shorts

Join us for an hour of short films for children as part of this year's Environmental Film Festival.  This year's shorts are:Captain Fish (France, 2014, 7 min.) When a little girl realizes that the frozen fish fingers her parents feed her were once living fish, she tries to send them back to the sea. Directed and produced by John Banana.Elephant and the Bicycle (France/Belgium, 2014, 9 min.)
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Hidden History of Juneteenth

On the eve of Emancipation Day, which celebrates when President Abraham Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act in 1862, noted Historian C. R. Gibbs will lecture on the Hidden History of Juneteenth, which celebrates the liberation of black American slaves in Texas on June 19, 1865.  Best for ages 13 and older.

The Black History of the White House

Dr. Clarence Lusane, Professor from American University's School of International Service, will discuss the topic "The Black History of the White House," based on his latest book of the same title.

Enslavement to Emancipation

There will be a documentary on Enslavement to Emancipation Friday, April 13, at 11:15 a.m. A second showing will be held at 1:15 p.m., in the large meeting on the lower level of the library.

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