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The Emancipation Proclamation and the End of Slavery
  • Date: Monday, March 19, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Location: William G. McGowan Theater, Washington, DC

How did the Emancipation Proclamation come about, what was its impact on the Civil War, and what is its legacy?  Join us as a distinguished panel offers historical perspectives on the Emancipation Proclamation and the continued fight for civil rights. Moderated by David Blight, professor of history, Yale University, panelists include Edna Greene Medford, professor of history, Howard University; Z. Maurice Jackson, associate professor of history, Department and African American Studies, Georgetown University, and Congressman James E. Clyburn (D-SC).

The National Archives’ 155th anniversary celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation is presented in part by

All public programs at the National Archives are free and streamed live online via the National Archives’ YouTube channel. Reservations are recommended; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors to the building will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the program. Use the Special Events entrance on the corner of Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW. Click here for more information on getting to the National Archives and parking.

Live captioning will be available online and in the William G. McGowan Theater. If you require an alternative or additional accommodation for an event (such as a downloadable transcript or a sign language interpreter), please send an email to public.program@nara.gov or call 202.357.5000 in advance.