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DC Emancipation Commemoration and Wreath Laying Program

Last Date:

Vermont Avenue and U Streets, NW
African American Civil War Memorial

Presented by DC Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. and African American Civil War Memorial Freedom Foundation and Museum

In honour of

  • 151st Anniversary of the District of Columbia Emancipation Act (April 16, 1862)
  • 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War (1861-1865)
  • UN International Remembrance Day for the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade-[206th Anniversary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade in the British Empire (March 25, 1807)]

Remembering Those: victims of the slave trade and slavery; who advocated for and abolished slavery; who fought for freedom in the US Civil War Union forces; and enslaved persons freed.

Historical overviews by:

  • Dr. Frank Smith, Founding Executive Director, African American Civil War Memorial Museum;
  • Hari Jones, Curator/Assistant Director, African American Civil War Memorial Museum;
  • CR Gibbs, Historian of the African Diaspora

With music by the Lenard Starks, Jr. and the All Souls Jubilee Singers

Free and open to the public
Peter Hanes
(202) 667-2667