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Black History Month Continues with “Lest We Forget” Conference

Posted by Jasmine Lee / Thursday, February 21st, 2013


As we near the end of Black History Month, we continue to honor relevant moments in the past. In January 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, making abolition a clear goal of the Civil War. 150 years later, “Lest We Forget” is Prince William County’s first conference surrounding the significance of Lincoln’s order. Enjoy some free cultural enrichment this weekend through forums, panels, keynote speeches and guided tours of nearby historic areas.

Topics of discussion include slavery’s relationship with the Civil War, self-emancipation and Civil Rights in Virginia. Most events will take place at the Hylton Memorial Events Center in Woodbridge, but musical and dramatic performances will be held at local Prince William County churches.

“Lest We Forget” has something to offer everyone. Tonight from 5-8 p.m. there will be a dramatic performance of “The Trial of Nat Turner,” by African-American actor, director and writer Michael LeMelle. Tomorrow from 7-9 p.m. actor Gwendolyn Briley-Strand will honor of the life of one of the biggest names in black history, Harriet Tubman. There will also be a closing concert from 7-9 p.m. Visit the Manassas Bull Run website for the full schedule and bring a little history into your life this weekend.

Feb 21-23
Lest We Forget: A Conference on Enslavement and Emancipation
Hylton Memorial Events Center, 14640 Potomac Mills Road, Woodbridge
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