Emancipation Proclamation Anniversary events begin across N.C.
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources will present a number programs throughout 2013 in observance of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.
President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863, which declared that “all persons held as slaves” in the rebellious states “are, and henceforward shall be free.”
The 12th Annual African American Cultural Celebration at the N.C. Museum of History on Jan. 26 is dedicated to the theme of freedom in acknowledgement of the Emancipation Proclamation sesquicentennial.
The North Carolina Symphony will present three concerts commemorating the Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation, one at Fayetteville State University at Seabrook Auditorium on Feb. 21, at 8 p.m., and two in Raleigh at Meymandi Concert Hall on Feb. 22 and 23 at 8 p.m. The concerts will feature large format Civil War and Civil Rights photographs set to the music of Aaron Copland.
Bennett Place State Historic Site will present a program on Feb. 23 featuring N.C. Museum of History Curator Earl Ijames on the impact of emancipation on Americans, the role of Elizabeth Keckly, and also offer a tour at the site of four stations where visitors will encounter runaway slaves, U.S. Colored Troops, black impressed workers, and a Confederate camp as well as a yeoman farmer, respectively. All will speak from the perspective of February 1863.
Other state historic sites will offer programs throughout the year to commemorate the emancipation and freedom. The N.C. Museum of History will also present an exhibit on the freedom theme this summer.
For additional information call (919) 807-7389 or visit http://www.ncdcr.gov/EmancipationProclamation.