The Emancipation Proclamation: Freedom Document

Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 2:00 pm


On September 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, which declared that as of January 1, 1863, all enslaved people in the states currently engaged in rebellion against the Union “shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.” The proclamation marked a crucial shift in Lincoln’s views on slavery. Emancipation would redefine the Civil War, turning it from a struggle to preserve the Union to one focused on ending slavery, and set a decisive course for how the nation would be reshaped after that historic conflict.

Join the Bexley Juneteenth Planning Committee on May 19th as they virtually welcome Bexley High School AP History teacher, Dr. Scott King-Owen for a community presentation on the Emancipation Proclamation. Dr. King-Owen will lead us on an examination of the Emancipation Proclamation, how it was understood legally and militarily at the time of it’s passage and how it was received and remembered over time. Through art, illustrations, and stories of the time, we will further examine the many visions of emancipation, highlighting how ordinary people across the Country understood freedom then and how these interpretations have affected where we are today. 

This community presentation will include a question and answer portion led by moderator and Bexley resident Courtney Baker.

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