“Freedom Rising” Event on May 2-4

May 1, 2013

In commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, several Greater Boston educational, historical, and cultural organizations are collaborating to present Freedom Rising: The 150th Anniversary of The Emancipation Proclamation and African American Military Service in the Civil War from Thursday through Saturday, May 2nd through 4th, 2013.  RSVP here.  The sequence of events are as follows:

Thursday, May 2
Museum of African American History
African Meeting HOurse
8 Smith Court
Boston, MA 02114
6:00pm – 7:30pm

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Eric Foner will open symposium with public address at the restored African Meeting House.

Friday, May 3
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Harvard University
10 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
9:00am – 5:00pm

This day-long symposium will focus on the Emancipation Proclamation and its hemispheric impact, recruitment of black troops, black communities, black women, and legacy in art.

Saturday, May 4
Tremont Temple Baptist Church
88 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02138
5:00pm – 7:00pm

Roots of Liberty: The Haitian Revolution and the American Civil War.  A performance celebrating the Haitian revolution hero Tossaint Louverture and the impact of the Haitian Revolution on the American Civil War – the antislavery movement and African American soldiers, set in Boston’s historic Tremont Temple, where the Emancipation Proclamation was read in 1863.  Special guests include Danny Glover, author Edwidge Danticat, and Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

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