Maryland Emancipation Day

emancipationOctober 29, 2014 – Segment 2

We celebrate the 150th anniversary of a very special day in history, Maryland Emancipation Day! On November 1, 1864, Maryland became the first slave state to free its slaves by popular vote, when the Maryland Legislature adopted a new state constitution that emancipated them. We’re joined by: Lisa Crawley, Resource Center Manager of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture; and Dr. Barbara Krauthamer, co-author of Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery. The book’s other author, Dr. Deborah Willis, will be speaking at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum on November 1.