Black History Month in NYC celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation with a FREE symposium on American slavery as a historical memory and national legacy. The program is Saturday, February 9th at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a branch of the NY Public Library. The program, “Memorializing American Slavery” features history and law professors from Harvard and Yale, and includes an audience Q&A. It’s 4 PM to 6 PM. While admission is free, registration is required to ensure space. Click here to register, or call (212) 491-2040.
Be sure to allow extra time to see the extraordinary exhibition of 171 pre– and post– Civil War era photographs of enslaved and free black women, men, and children. The images record the presence of black soldiers and black workers in the American South and help the 21st century viewer reimagine a landscape of black people’s desire to be active in their own emancipation. The photos are on display – also FREE – though March 16th.
image courtesy Schomburg Center