The Emancipation Proclamation: Origins, Impact, and Legacy
Press Release · Thursday, March 15, 2018

Washington, DC

On Monday, March 19, 2018  at 7:30 p.m., the National Archives will present a special panel discussion titled The Emancipation Proclamation: Origins, Impact, and Legacy.

Register to attend online. Watch the program live streamed on the National Archives YouTube channel.

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 program is free and open to the public and will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC. Attendees should use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue at 7th Street, NW.  Metro accessible on the Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter station. Reservations are recommended and can be made online. For those without reservations, seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The Theater doors will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the program. Late seating will not be permitted 20 minutes after the program begins.

This program is made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation, through the generous support of United Airlines.


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