150th Anniversary of the Ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment

December 6

The National Constitution Center celebrates the 150-year anniversary of its ratification of the Thirteenth amendment, which brought about an end to slavery in the United States.

Decoding the Document: The 13th Amendment
Richard and Helen DeVos Exhibition Hall
12pm to 5 p.m., on the ½ hour
Guests can join our education staff for a closer look at a rare copy of the 13th Amendment.  The document, which was ratified 150 years ago, ended slavery in our nation, and began the reconstruction era—a turning point in Constitutional History.

Public Reading of the 13th Amendment
Grand Hall Lobby
2 p.m.
The National Constitution Center will commemorate this important turning point in American history with a public reading of the Amendment that launched the reconstruction era!

Historic Character Meet-and-Greet
Grand Hall Lobby
1 to 2 p.m.
Visitors will also “meet” historic figures that helped bring about the Amendment, like President Abraham Lincoln, who signed the document just before it was sent to the state for ratification.

The History of the 13th Amendment
Bank of America Theater
Matthew Pinsker holds the Brian Pohanka Chair of Civil War History at Dickinson College. He also serves as co-director of Dickinson’s House Divided Project, an innovative effort to build digital resources on the Civil War era. Dr. Pinsker graduated from Harvard College and received a D.Phil. degree in modern history from the University of Oxford.

Created Equal: The Abolitionists and Slavery by Another Name Film Screening
Richard and Helen DeVos Exhibition Hall
12:30 to 3:30 p.m.: The Abolitionists
3:30 to 5:00 p.m.: Slavery by Another Name
Join us for special screening of two of the films featured in the national film project Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle.  Through the different films, the project connects the stories of the long civil rights movement and address issues of race and rights.  By showcasing the pieces The Abolitionists and Slavery by Another Name, the center will honor those who fought for the Emancipation as well as highlight the fight that continued after the passing of the 13th Amendment.

In honor of this historic anniversary, the center is celebrating with fascinating Town Hall Programs and a brand new episode of Constitution Hall Pass , our on-line video lesson series.  Click here  for more information!


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