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The Emancipation of Slavery | Learn all about the Indiana Experience Saturday

by Alisa Nordholdt-Dean, Eiteljorg public programs manager | Feb 16, 2015

Even though Abraham Lincoln effectively ended slavery when he issued the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862, freedom wasn’t within reach for many until years later. In the days prior to televisions and smart phones, it could be years before important information touched the borderlands. In geographically isolated Texas, news of the end of the Civil War did not reach Galveston Island until May of 1865.GENERAL ORDERS In June of that year, Union General Gordon Granger read aloud the contents of “General Order No. 3” to Galveston residents, announcing the total emancipation of slaves. This historic moment has come to be known – and celebrated – in the years since as Juneteenth or Emancipation Day.

On Saturday, Feb. 21, at 1 p.m., learn more about the progression of emancipation during the Leon Jett Memorial Lecture, Moving Toward Freedom: The Process of Black Emancipation. Dr. Modupe Labode, assistant professor of history and museum studies, public scholar of African American history and museums and adjunct professor of African American and African diaspora studies at IUPUI, will give a historical overview of the growth of emancipation with particular emphasis on the Indiana experience. Galveston native, Fay Williams will add to the discussion by sharing personal stories about life in the place where Juneteenth began.*

 Also, mark your calendars for June 20, 2015, and plan to join the Eiteljorg and partners Asante Children’s Theater, Freetown Village, the Black Cowboy Association, Indiana African American Genealogy Group, the Indiana History Center, the Indiana State Museum, the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the Madame Walker Theatre, the Crispus Attucks Museum and IUPUI for an exciting day of music, performances, food and fun as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Juneteeth. The celebration and admission to the museum on June 20th will be free for all.

 *Indiana teachers receive free admission and the opportunity to earn two professional growth points toward license renewal. Documentation of participation and attendance will be provided following the lecture.



1 Comment

  1. 1 Erma Smkth 17 Feb
    As a retired African American retired educator, I applaud the collaborative efforts of the Eiteljorg Museum on celebrating the 150 th anniversary of Juneteenth!


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