175th Anniversary Gala

THE LAW LIBRARY OF CONGRESS AND THE FRIENDS OF THE LAW LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CELEBRATE LAW DAY & THE EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION

Date: Friday, May 1, 2009
Time: 1pm - 2:30pm
Location: Members’ Room, Jefferson Bldg.
Contact: Barbara Moore, (bmoo@loc.gov)

What effect did the Emancipation Proclamation have on the Civil War?  What inspired President Lincoln to undertake such a sweeping executive order in his first term?  Did it have a broader effect on the slave trade throughout the Americas?  These questions and many more will be discussed by Congressmen G.K. Butterfield and Jesse Jackson Jr., Dean Kurt Schmoke and Professor Emeritus Roger Wilkins, with congressional correspondent Kwame Holman moderating. 

To help the public visualize the period, the Library's Rare Books librarian Clark Evans will display broadsides of the Proclamation. The Manuscripts division will showcase some of its Black History documents, including slave and manumission papers, while Prints & Photographs will display some of its illustrated broadsides and artwork depicting the effect of the Proclamation on life in the South.

Please join the staff and Friends of the Law Library of Congress for this important discussion celebrating the 52nd observance of Law Day, a day set aside annually by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to draw attention to the principles and practices of law and justice.  For more information, contact Christine Herrmann at cher@loc.gov or 202 707 9866.

The event is free and open to the public but seating is very limited and advance reservations are suggested at (202) 707-9834, bmoo@loc.gov.
Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202)707-6362 or ADA@loc.gov

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