Sept. 4, 2013
Old South Meeting House
310 Washington Street Boston, MA 02108
Beverly Morgan-Welch, Executive Director of the Museum of African American History, Boston and Nantucket.
Series Title: "A War of Divisions: The Impact and Aftermath of the American Civil War"
Lecture title: "Freedom Rising: The Emancipation Proclamation, the 54th Massachusetts Regiment & Boston's Black Community"
On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing all persons enslaved in territories not then under Union control. Several months later, the 54th Massachusetts, the first northern black regiment in the Union Army, was sent to South Carolina to take part in operations against Confederate forces. Beverly Morgan-Welch, Executive Director of the Museum of African American History, Boston and Nantucket, will discuss the profound influence that Boston's Black Community had on these events, as well as the museum's year-long sesquicentennial commemoration of this important history.