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December 4, 2007

National Archives Hosts Public Symposium on 1808 Slave Trade Act January 10

Abolition and the Road to Freedom: 200th Anniversary of the Slave Trade Act of 1808

WHAT: A day-long symposium to mark the 200th Anniversary of the Slave Trade Act of 1808 featuring notable historians, journalists, and academics. Abolition and the Road to Freedom: 200th Anniversary of the Slave Trade Act of 1808 will commemorate this anniversary and raise awareness of the slave trade, its abolition, and its impact on US history and culture.

WHEN: Thursday, January 10, 2008, 9 AM – 5:30 PM. This event is SOLD OUT.

WHERE: William G. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets, NW, Washington, DC.

WHO: Featured speakers include:

  • Allen Weinstein, Archivist of the United States;
  • Lonnie Bunch, Director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture;
  • Howard Dodson, Chief of the Schomburg Research Center for the Study of Black Culture;
  • David Levering Lewis, Pulitzer Prize–winning historian;
  • Georgia Dunston, Professor and Founding Director, National Human Genome Center, Howard University; and,
  • Bernice Reagon historian and scholar.

The symposium is presented by the Center for the National Archives Experience and the Foundation for the National Archives in partnership with the Bicentennial Committee for the Abolition of the Slave Trade, the National Museum of African American History and Culture; Howard University; the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; and the National Archives Afro-American History Society. Abolition and the Road to Freedom is generously supported by the Foundation for the National Archives, the Ford Foundation, and Howard University.

The symposium is open to the public. Reservations are required (by January 4) and there is a $25 General Registration Fee ($15 for Students/Educators/Seniors). For details, conference agenda, registration forms, and additional information, see our Calendar of Events online or contact Katie Wilmes at 202-357-5127, or e-mail public.program@nara.gov.

The National Archives is fully accessible. To request an accommodation (e.g., sign language interpreter) for a public program please e-mail public.program@nara.gov or call 202-357-5000 two weeks prior to the event.

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For Press information, contact the National Archives Public Affairs staff at (202) 357-5300.

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