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The 13th Amendment Resolution comes to the VHS for two days!

04/12/2012
13th Amendment Resolution

13th Amendment Resolution courtesy of the Gilder Lehrman Collection

I just saw a rare copy of the Thirteenth Amendment that will be exhibited at the Virginia Historical Society on Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and 15. This document is a must-see! It comes to us from the Gilder Lehrman Collection and will be shown in Virginia for the first time. Although his signature was not required, President Lincoln signed the amendment that legally ended slavery in America. I was surprised at the feelings I had when I read the words and saw the signatures. As a Virginian and an American of African descent, I am thankful for the sacrifices made by our ancestors—all of our ancestors—to bring America closer to the ideals of the founding fathers. I appreciate the relentless struggle to pursue freedom despite the strictures that denied a race of people their rights. I am especially joyful to be living in a time when we are able to examine our history from various perspectives and realize how far we have come. As the curator of African American history at the Virginia Historical Society, it gives me great pleasure to work with colleagues whose skills, talents, and expertise provide so much to educate the public about Virginia’s history. We take a lot of pride in what we do, and we hope you will take some time this weekend to visit with us and our cosponsors, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Commission. The Thirteenth Amendment will be on display on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. I will be giving a mini-lecture on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. about the significance of this amendment. I just had to take a few moments to share my joy with you. Of all the documents that I have seen, this one means the most to me.

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  1. WVgal permalink
    09/16/2012 12:24 pm

    Would like for folks who are searching their African American roots, the State of West Virginia has many old records of birth and death on their website. I saw many slaves, some with last names and some last names belonged to those who owned them. A good way to search your history if on this side of the “Virginia” line.

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