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Georgetown Commemorates the 150th Anniversary of D.C. Emancipation Day April 13, 2012

April 13, 2012

WHO: Vincent C. Gray, Mayor of the District of Columbia
Chandra Manning, Ph.D., associate professor of history, Georgetown University
Maurice Jackson, Ph.D., associate professor of history, Georgetown University
Rev. Raymond B. Kemp, senior research fellow, Woodstock Theological Center
WHAT: Georgetown University’s Commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of D.C. Emancipation Day

Georgetown University, in conjunction with the District of Columbia, will host a program commemorating the Sesquicentennial (150th) Anniversary of President Lincoln’s signing of the Compensated Emancipation Act of April 16, 1862, which freed 3,100 enslaved person in the District of Columbia nine months before Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.

Maurice Jackson and Chandra Manning will explore “The Meaning of the Emancipation in the Nation’s Capital: 1862 and 2012” and “The Center of the Action: Runaway Slaves and the Union Army in Washington, DC and the Occupied South.” D.C. native Rev. Raymond B. Kemp will moderate a discussion with the two historians. D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is also expected to participate in the program.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 11 a.m.
WHERE: Copley Formal Lounge
Georgetown University
37th & O Street, NW
Washington, DC 20057
SPONSORS: Georgetown University
COVERAGE: Media interested in attending must RSVP to Rachel Pugh at (202) 687-4328 or Press will need to present valid credentials on campus.
Rachel Pugh
(202) 687-4328


Georgetown University37th and O Streets, N.W., Washington D.C. 20057(202) 687.0100

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