“The Death of Slavery”
Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the 13th Amendment
Jan 31, 2015, 3 pm to 4:30, New York Ave
1313 New York Avenue NW
(three blocks from Metro Center)
Edna Greene Medford, Ph.D., professor of history at Howard University and award-winning Lincoln scholar will discuss “President Lincoln and the 13th Amendment.” Kevin McIlvaine, professional actor and Frederick Douglass portrayer will entertain with the forceful lecturing style that made Douglass the “moral leader” of the abolition and nineteenth century civil rights movement. Local church leaders will discuss the activism of their congregations that helped pass the amendment that ended slavery in the U.S. forever. Just two months before the 1864 election, Lincoln was convinced that he was destined to be a one-term president. Yet he insisted that his party platform include the controversial commitment to pass the 13th Amendment. This program celebrates “a new birth of freedom,” the abolition of slavery in the U.S. Dr. Edna Greene Medford, a nationally respected, award winning Lincoln scholar, will describe Lincoln’s strategy and the people who helped make it happen. Kevin McIlvaine, a professional actor and talented Frederick Douglass portrayer will entertain with the forceful lecturing style that will give insight to the reputation for persuasion that made Douglass the “moral leader” of the movement. Local churches will discuss their histories of activism in the early civil rights movement and impact on the historic House vote in January 1865.Admission is Free This program is a collaborative project of the Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia, Fifteenth Street Presbyterian Church, Rev. Robert Bell, pastor Metropolitan AME Church, Rev. William Lamar, pastor New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, Rev. Roger Gench, pastor.