Emancipation Day


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.

Lecture: "Their Valor Purchased Liberty for All"

Noted historian, lecturer and author C.R. Gibbs will present a lecture entitled: "Their Valor Purchased Liberty for All: The District of Columbia's Black Civil War Regiment."