Call for Nominations

The Virginia Emancipation Proclamation and Freedom Monument will be a permanent 12‐foot monument celebrating the emancipation of slaves and freedom. It will be located on Brown’s Island in Richmond, Virginia.

The Commission is requesting public nominations of male and female African American Virginians from the period before Emancipation through 1865 and the period from 1866 through 1970.

If you'd like to submit a nomination, please fill out the below form and email it to Brenda Edwards. Nominations will be accepted between September 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017. Documentation must accompany nominations. Incomplete or anonymous nominations will not be accepted.

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The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission and Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Subcommittee work together ensure that King's famous dream of a "Beloved Community" becomes a reality in Virginia. The Sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation is their largest joint project, focusing attention to one of the most important documents in United States' history.

Help celebrate the beginning to the end of slavery 150 years ago. Sponsor a commemorative event today.

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In the News

Emancipation Proclamation and Freedom Monument Public Hearings

September 22, 2016 - Hampton, VA
October 20, 2016 - Roanoke, VA
October 27, 2016 - Fairfax, VA
November 17, 2016 - Farmville, VA
December 1, 2016 - Richmond, VA
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2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Floor Statement

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2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Delegate McClellan's Floor Speech

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Memorial Commission of the Virginia General Assembly

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission, a statutory and bipartisan agency of the Virginia General Assembly, was created in 1992 to honor the memory and legacy of Dr. King, and to continue his work through educational, historical and cultural programs, public policy analysis, and public discourse on contemporary issues. The Commission also oversees two subcommittees, The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Subcommittee and the Special Subcommittee on Public School Closings in Virginia.