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Emancipation Day Design Contest

Students in grades 9-12 in Washington, DC are invited to take part in the 2017 DC Emancipation Day Design Contest.

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What is Emancipation Day?

The DC Compensated Emancipation Act of 1862 ended slavery in Washington, DC, freed 3,100 individuals, reimbursed those who had legally owned them and offered the newly freed women and men money to emigrate. It is this legislation, and the courage and struggle of those who fought to make it a reality, that we commemorate every April 16, DC Emancipation Day.

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African-American Women During Slavery and Freedom

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Dr. Julianne Malveaux, President Emerita of Bennett College, moderates a conversation with Drs. Thavolia Glymph and Hannah Rosen. Glymph is an associate professor of history at Duke University and author of Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household.  Rosen is an assistant professor of history and American studies at the College of William and Mary and author of Terror in the Heart of Freedom: Citizenship, Sexual Violence, and the Meaning of Race in the Post-emancipation South.


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