|Abraham Lincoln, A Proclamation (1862). Manuscript.|
The penultimate document is currently on display in the Library Company’s Logan Room, together with a collection of related publications and news items, including coverage of a commemoration of the September document by noted abolitionists decades after the Civil War. The manuscript Proclamation will be installed on January 28, having recently returned from the William L. Clements Library at the University of Michigan, where it formed part of an exhibition entitled “Proclaiming Emancipation: Slavery and Freedom in the Era of the Civil War.” Program in African American History Director Erica Armstrong Dunbar contextualizes this historic document in her article Freedom Bound: The Sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation.
|All Slaves Were Made Freemen by Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, January 1st, 1863 (Philadelphia, 1863). Lithograph.|
The Library Company will also partner with the African American Museum, the National Park Service, and the University of Delaware to present a teaching symposium entitled “Beyond the Proclamation: Interpreting Emancipation for Today’s Youth,” which will include two panels and a keynote address by University of North Carolina at Greensboro Associate Professor and Director of Public History Dr. Benjamin Filene.
Professor Dunbar will introduce the first panel on "Reaching Students in the Classroom and the Field," made up of Naomi Coquillon from the National Museum of American History; Michelle Evans of Connor Prairie Interactive History Park; Masterman High School’s Amy Cohen; and Krystal Appiah, African American History Specialist at the Library Company.
"Beyond the Proclamation: Interpreting Emancipation for Today’s Youth" will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2013, at WHYY, Independence Mall West, 150 N. Sixth Street, Philadelphia. Visit friendsofindependence.org to register and receive more information. You can also register by calling the Friends’ office at 215-861-4971 or by e-mailing email@example.com.