Who Freed Who? Emancipation and the 13th Amendment at the Museum of the Albemarle

“Who Freed Who?  Emancipation and the 13th Amendment”


Elizabeth City, NC – The Museum of the Albemarle will exhibit the 13th Amendment beginning January 25, 2013 in Under Both Flags:  Civil War in the Albemarle.  To highlight the document, the Museum will host Gerald J. Prokopowicz, Ph.D. at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 27, 2013.  Dr. Prokopowicz will discuss the Emancipation Proclamation, issued by President Lincoln in its final form on January 1, 1863.  The Emancipation Proclamation declared “all persons held as slaves within any State, or designated part of a state that people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.”  The Emancipation Proclamation did not end slavery, but would be followed by a constitutional amendment in order to guarantee the abolishment of slavery.  The 13th Amendment was passed by Congress on January 31, 1865 and ratified by the states on December 6, 1865.  The Amendment declares that “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

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Gerald J. Prokopowicz is the author of Did Lincoln Own Slaves? (2008) and All for the Regiment: The Army of the Ohio, 1861-1862 (2001), as well as the online host of Civil War Talk Radio. He served for nine years as the resident Lincoln Scholar at the Lincoln Museum, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he helped create the award-winning exhibit, “Abraham Lincoln and the American Experiment,” and edited Lincoln Lore. Dr. Prokopowicz is a member of the Advisory Boards of the Lincoln Studies Center, the Lincoln Forum, and the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission. He holds a law degree from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in history from Harvard University. He is currently a professor and chair of the history department at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.

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The Museum of the Albemarle is located at 501 S. Water Street, Elizabeth City, NC. (252)335-1453. www.museumofthealbemarle.com. Find us on Facebook! Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed Sundays, Mondays and State Holidays. Serving Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell and Washington counties, the Museum is the northeast regional history museum of the North Carolina Division of State History Museums within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina’s social, cultural and economic future. Information is available 24/7 at www.ncculture.com.