The 33rd Anniversary of the Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series
2013 MARION THOMPSON WRIGHT LECTURE SERIES
Conference commemorated the Sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation
NEWARK, NJ – The 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation was brought into sharp focus at the 2013 Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series, Emancipation and the Work of Freedom, Saturday, February 16, 2013, at the Paul Robeson Campus Center on the Rutgers University’s Newark Campus, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The 2013 MTW conference explored the ways in which Emancipation immediately impacted enslaved African Americans and, crucially, how the enslaved worked to free themselves. The proceedings also investigated freedom’s wide-ranging impact on the nation at the time of Emancipation, as well as its legacy through the present. The daylong conference featured award-winning historians James Oakes (CUNY Graduate Center), Thavolia Gymph (Duke University), Steven Hahn (University of Pennsylvania), and Tera Hunter (Princeton University).
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