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Community Relations Co-Hosts Local Emancipation Proclamation Events

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 8, 2013

Contact: Ledger Morrissette, 704-336-2426
lmorrissette@charlottenc.gov


1.  Sunday, February 17, 3 – 4:30 p.m.  (FREE)
Marking the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, which took effect January 1, 1863, noted historian David Cecelski discusses and signs his new book from UNC Press, The Fire of Freedom: Abraham Galloway and the Slaves’ Civil War. Discover an inspiring African American leader from Wilmington, NC who played a key role in wartime Carolina and helped shape Reconstruction.

RSVP by calling 704-333-1887 ext. 501, or rsvp@museumofthenewsouth.org. Parking is available in the 7th Street Station deck next door; the Museum will validate. 
 
Presented by Levine Museum of the New South in collaboration with UNC Press, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee, and the Olde Mecklenburg Genealogical Society and African American Genealogy Interest Group.

2.  Saturday, February 23, 2 – 4 p.m.  (FREE)
Also marking the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation, a panel discussion will take place on Saturday, February 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the UNCC Center City Building, 320 E. 9th Street, in the 2nd floor auditorium. The discussion will focus on the Proclamation, its constitutionality and legacy, and the 13th Amendment.

The panelists include:
·         Dr. David Goldfield, History Professor, UNCC
·         Dr. Cheryl Hicks, Associate Professor,  UNCC
·         Dr. Scott Broyles, Assistant Professor, Charlotte School of Law
 
Presented by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Library.