Friday, January 31, 2014

PAST: Dramatic Reading & Discussion on the "Death of Slavery: 150th Anniversary of the 13th Amendment" at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church on SAT, Jan 31, 3:00pm - 4:30pm, Free

"Death of Slavery: 150th Anniversary of  the 13th Amendment" at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church
Saturday, January 31
3:00pm - 4:30pm

Come out for a dramatic reading from Frederick Douglass portrayer, learn more about what it took for President Lincoln to pass the 13th Amendment and hear Howard University Professor Edna Greene Medford speak.

Kevin McIlvaine, professional actor and Frederick Douglass portrayer will entertain with the forceful lecturing style that made Douglass the “moral leader” of the abolition and nineteenth century civil rights movement.

Edna Greene Medford, Ph.D., professor of history at Howard University and award-winning Lincoln scholar will discuss “President Lincoln and the 13th Amendment.”

Local church leaders will discuss the activism of their congregations that helped pass the amendment that ended slavery in the U.S. forever. At President Lincoln’s church,

"Just two months before the 1864 election, Lincoln was convinced that he was destined to be a one-term president. Yet he insisted that his party platform include the controversial commitment to pass the 13th Amendment. With this program, the Lincoln Group celebrates the promised accomplishment of “a new birth of freedom,” the abolition of slavery in the United States." Read more here.

New York Avenue Presbyterian Church
1313 New York Avenue, NW
Metro: Metro Center, 13th and H streets NW, 3 blocks north of Metro Center, or take any number of buses there, see metro trip-planner for bus options

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