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.