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Emancipation in History and Memory

 

Lincoln-signed copies of both the Emancipation Proclamation and 13th Amendment and a document handwritten by Frederick Douglass will be exhibited in the North Oval Room of the Rotunda. Rector of the Board of Visitors Frank M. “Rusty” Conner will provide remarks. Reflecting on these historic documents, a discussion will explore emancipation in history and memory with panelists Elizabeth Varon (moderator), Edna Greene Medford, and Richard S. Newman. Following the panel discussion, members of the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers design team, Meejin Yoon and Eto Otitigbe, will provide an update on design and construction. Following the Rotunda panel discussion, these and additional documents, including an anti-slavery broadside, will be exhibited in Special Collections from October 2-22, 2018.

 

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AGENDA

 

RECEPTION
Lower West Oval Room
11AM - 12PM

INTRODUCTION
Marcus L. Martin
Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity, University of Virginia

WELCOME
Frank M. Conner III
Rector, University Board of Visitors

PANEL
Elizabeth R. Varon (Moderator)
Langbourne M. Williams Professor of American History
Associate Director, John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History

Edna Greene Medford
Professor of History, Howard University
Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Howard University

Richard S. Newman
Professor of African American History, Environmental History, and the Early American Republic, Rochester Institute of Technology

MEMORIAL TO ENSLAVED LABORERS UPDATE
Eto Otitigbe and Meejin Yoon
Members of the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers Design Team

CLOSING
John Macfarlane
Former Board of Visitors Member
Memorial to Enslaved Laborers Fundraising Chair


The Emancipation Proclamation and 13th Amendment exhibits and the Emancipation in History and Memory program were made possible by the generous support of John and Amy Griffin.

SPONSORED BY:
The Office of the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity
The President's Commission on Slavery and the University
The Rotunda at the University of Virginia
John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History
University of Virginia Bicentennial
University of Virginia Library