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Emancipation Proclamation and Freedom Monument Panel Discussion and Film Screening
Senator Jennifer McClellan, Dr. Ronald A. Crutcher and Dr. Corey D.B. Walker discuss the importance of the Emancipation Proclamation and Freedom Monument and its significance to the history of Virginia.

As part of its commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and abolition of slavery in the United States, the Virginia Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission will construct the Emancipation Proclamation and Freedom Monument on Brown’s Island.

The monument, designed by Thomas Jay Warren of Oregon, will feature a 12-foot bronze statue representing newly freed slaves. Dedicated to the contributions of African American Virginians in the centuries-long fight for emancipation and freedom, the monument also will highlight notable African American Virginians who have made significant contributions to the emancipation and freedom of formerly enslaved persons or descendants. The base of the monument will feature the names, images, and brief biographical information about eight African American Virginians whose lives were dedicated to Emancipation and freedom — five individuals from the period before Emancipation through 1865, and five who continued to work for freedom from 1866 to 1970.

Feb 19, 2021 05:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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