Emancipation and Its Legacies

Monday, March 25 – Wednesday, June 19, 2013

FREE with museum admission

 

The Center will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation with the special exhibition Emancipation and Its Legacies. Developed by Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the exhibition will be on display beginning in March through June 19, 2013—a date also known as Juneteenth, a holiday that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the state of Texas in 1865. Emancipation and Its Legacies examines the story of Emancipation from 1850 to 1964, focusing on how the Civil War became an “abolition war” due to the efforts of African-Americans, abolitionists, and politicians, and exploring how the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments transformed the U.S. Constitution.