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“Death of Slavery” will air on C-SPAN3’s American History TV Sunday, February 15

The Commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the 13th Amendment event, “Death of Slavery,” held on January 31, will air on C-SPAN3’s American History TV this weekend. The program will air on Sunday, February 15 at 6:30pm and 10:30pm ET. Once the program airs it will become available on their website here:

See the event details below…

“Death of Slavery”

A Commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the 13th Amendment

The NYAPC History Committee is collaborating with the Lincoln Group of DC and several of the churches that were active in 1865 to present a special commemoration of the historic House vote and the local forces that helped to make this legislative achievement a reality.

Saturday, Jan. 31, 3:00 – 4:30 pm.

Dramatic Interpretation of the Speeches of Frederick Douglass by Kevin McIlvaine, with period hymns

Kevin McIlvaine, a professional actor and talented Frederick Douglass portrayer will entertain with the forceful lecturing style that will give insight to the reputation for moral persuasion that made Douglass so prominent in the movement.

Presentation by Edna Greene Medford, Ph.D., Chair of the History Department, Howard University

“Lincoln’s Surprising Re-election and the Final Campaign to End Slavery”

Dr. Edna Greene Medford will describe the conditions that Lincoln needed to master during 1864, and the people who helped make it happen in January 1865.

Discussion of the notable roles of local churches in the abolition campaign

To destroy slavery, Abraham Lincoln needed first to get re-elected.  Just two months before the 1864 election, Lincoln was convinced that he was destined to be a one-term president.  Yet he insisted that his party platform include the controversial commitment to pass the 13th Amendment. This program celebrates the promised accomplishment of “a new birth of freedom,” the abolition of slavery in the United States.  Local churches had essential roles to play in supporting the abolition movement.


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