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  • Grand Review Parade
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    Grand Review Parade

    Civil War living historians and re-enactors recreated a May 1865 parade of the Grand Army of the Republic down Pennsylvania Avenue from the U.S. Capitol to Freedom Plaza near the White…

  • Discussion on Voting Rights and the 14th Amendment
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    Voting Rights and the 14th Amendment

    Panelists talked about how the end of the Civil War led to the 14th Amendment, which granted citizenship to all persons born or naturalized in the United States, and eventually the 15th…

  • Race and the Civil War
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    Race and the Civil War

    Three historians held a discussion on race and the role it played leading up to and during the Civil War and how the persistence of resentment and unhealed wounds from the war’s outcome and immediate…

  • Civil War Sesquicentennial Congressional Briefing
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    Civil War Sesquicentennial Congressional Briefing

    A group representing a coalition of 14 national organizations held a congressional briefing on legislation to establish a National Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission to coordinate events…

  • Black History The Evolution of Rights
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    Black History: The Evolution of Rights

    John Stokes and Frank Smith shared their experiences with students and talked about the evolution of Civil Rights, from the time of the Emancipation Proclamation, to Brown vs. Board of…

  • African American Soldiers in the Civil War
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    African American Soldiers in the Civil War

    Scholars spoke to students about the role played by African American soldiers during the Civil War. They also talked about the practice of historians and how black soldiers have been…

  • Martin Luther King Jr Day Observation
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    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Observation

    In a celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, several civil rights leaders spoke about Dr. King and achieving his dream. Rev. Green delivered the keynote address. A…

  • AfricanAmerican Civil War Memorial Ceremony
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    African-American Civil War Memorial Ceremony

    Participants honored African-American veterans for their service to the nation. The ceremony included traditional African dancing, historic reenactments, songs and speeches.