News & Events

Abraham Lincoln Subcommittee

Past Events

Emancipation Proclamation and Freedom Monument Public Hearings

Thursday, July 27, 2017
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Virginia Tech
Perspective Gallery of the Squires Student Center, Room 321
Blacksburg, Virginia

Monday, July 31, 2017
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Alexandria Black History Museum
Alexandria, Virginia

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Piedmont Virginia Community College,
Main Building, Room 158
Charlottesville, Virginia

Thursday, August 17, 2017
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Norfolk State University
Nursing and General Education Building, Suite 101
Norfolk, Virginia

Monday, August 21, 2017
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Danville Community College
Wyatt Building, Room 203
Danville, Virginia

Past Events

December 31, 2012

Watch Night Service (Commemoration Kick Off) with Faith Community at Good Shepherd Baptist Church, 1127 North 28th Street, Richmond at 10:00 p.m. Event Flyer

January 1, 2013

Bell Tolling across the Commonwealth at 12:00 noon.

Annual Emancipation Proclamation Day Program with Faith Community at Fifth Baptist Church, 1415 West Cary Street, Richmond at 10:00 a.m.

Memorialization of "identified" graves of formerly enslaved Africans in Virginia, employing the assistance of community organizations and the general public.

February 12, 2013

Annual Lincoln Birthday Observance at Lincoln Homestead in Rockingham County, at 12:00 noon.

April 13, 2013

Emancipation Proclamation Concert with Richmond Symphony at Richmond CenterStage, 8:00 p.m. Request tickets and get more information.

April 26 - April 28, 2013

History and Hollywood Lincoln Weekend.
More information (pdf)

April 27, 2013

Public Forum - Sacred Space: Burial Places of the Enslaved and their Descendants from 10am to 12:30pm at the College of William and Mary, William Small Hall, Room 110

Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander and Dr. Lynn Rainville will present the stories told through cemeteries of enslaved and free African Americans who forged scared space as an undaunted expression of their humanity. Dr. Grey Gundaker and Dr. Hollis Pruitt will lead a public discussion of slavery and sacred space to mark the Sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation. Moderated by Dr. Michael Blakey. More information (pdf)

April 28, 2013 - July 27, 2013

Lincoln Wardrobe Exibit: Exhibit of costumes designed by Academy Award-nominated, Wardrobe Designer Joanna Johnston for the blockbuster film, LINCOLN, at Petersburg's Centre Hill Museum. More information (pdf)

May 4, 2013

Genealogy Workshop: Lead by Paula Royster President & CEO of The Center for African American Genealogical Research, Inc. 10:30am - 1:30pm at The College of William and Mary, Swem Library, Dulin Learning Center, Room 134.

Following the April 27 lecture and discussion on Sacred Space: Burial Places of the Enslaved and their Descendants, a genealogy workshop will be held at the College of William and Mary on May 4. African American genealogical research into the antebellum period has been a challenge due to absent or destroyed records. However, Paula Royster's expertise in utilizing family stories, archival documents, and cemetery sites will guide participants in building a history of their family lineages. Despite the pervasive rending of enslaved families, African Americans maintained family connections and celebrated their past, present and future generations. The May 4 Genealogy workshop will guide participants in seeking their family's story in celebration of this tradition as we remember Emancipation. More information (pdf)

September 17, 2013

Unveiling of commemorative plaques of African American Legislators who served in Underwood Convention and General Assembly during Reconstruction, State Capitol at 5:00 p.m. This event is by invitation only.The plaques will be available for public viewing on September 18th.

Download the Commemorative Program and Postcard

October 12, 2013

What makes a HERO? A community conversation on African and African American resistance to slavery. Event Flyer

June 29, 2013 - January 5, 2014

Music Exhibit "Revolutions: Songs of Social Change, 1860-65 and 1960-65," Virginia Historical Society, 428 North Boulevard, Richmond.

October 2013 - May 2014

The E. Claiborne Robins, Jr., Teachers Institute, Teaching American History, will be held on select evenings over the course of the 2013–14 school year. Each program will feature two presentations—one related to an event in 1863 and the other to an event in 1963—along with tours of the exhibition and discussions about teaching led by Richmond and Chesterfield TAH teachers. More information

April 2014

Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment at the Emancipation Oak Tree, Hampton University.

Commission viewing the film "Lincoln".

Reconstruction Amendments Symposium.

April 3-6, 2014

Emancipation Proclamation Day Parade and Reenactment of Lincoln's visit to Richmond and Petersburg (Lincoln in Petersburg, Phase 3).

June 19, 2014

Public Forum to discuss the upcoming exhibition To Be Sold: Virginia and the American Slave Trade from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Library of Virginia. More information (pdf)

July 2, 2014

50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 - And now what? The Conundrum of Achieving Racial Equality after the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Event program (pdf)

September 18-20, 2014

1619: The Making of America
For more information or to register online, visit
Conference poster (pdf)
1619 Spoken Word Invitational (pdf)
2014 Conference Schedule (pdf)

October 2014

To Be Sold: Virginia and the American Slave Trade. An exhibition presented by the Library of Virginia exploring the state's role in the forced migration of enslaved persons to the Deep South in the first half of the 19th century.

July 6, 2015

Family Reunion: Descendants of Virginia’s African American Underwood Convention Delegates and Reconstruction Legislators
Commemorative booklet (pdf)

August 3, 2015

50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965: Protecting, Extending, and Ensuring the Franchise
Commemorative booklet (pdf)

September 2015

Library of Virginia Emancipation Proclamation Exhibit.

October 2015

Emancipation Proclamation and Freedom Movement.

Concluding Event, Period Ball.

September 22, 2016

Emancipation Proclamation and Freedom Monument Public Hearings, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Hampton University Educational Center, 100 East Queen Street, 2nd Floor, Hampton, VA
View event flyer (pdf)

October 20, 2016

Emancipation Proclamation and Freedom Monument Public Hearings, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Dumas Center for Artistic and Cultural Arts, 108 Henry Street, Roanoke, VA
View event flyer (pdf)

October 27, 2016

Emancipation Proclamation and Freedom Monument Public Hearings, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
George Mason University, Merten Hall, Room 1201, Fairfax Campus, Fairfax, VA
View event flyer (pdf)

November 17, 2016

Emancipation Proclamation and Freedom Monument Public Hearings, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Robert Russa Moton Museum, 900 Griffin Boulevard, Farmville, VA
View event flyer (pdf)

December 1, 2016

Emancipation Proclamation and Freedom Monument Public Hearings, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Library of Virginia Lecture Hall, 800 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA
View event flyer (pdf)

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