Proclaiming Emancipation Conference, Oct. 26, 2012

Attendees gather in front of exhibit artifacts, many of which were sourced from the William L. Clements Library; the U-M Museum of Art, the Library Company of Philadelphia, and the Western Reserve Historical Society also loaned items.

Proclaiming Emancipation Conference, Oct. 26, 2012

Afternoon panelist Thavolia Glymph, associate professor of African & African American studies and history at Duke University, peruses the exhibit.

Proclaiming Emancipation Conference, Oct. 26, 2012

Members of the morning panel. From left: Stephen Sawyer, John Witt, William Novak, commenter Julian Davis Mortenson, and moderator Rebecca Scott.

Proclaiming Emancipation Conference, Oct. 26, 2012

Martha S. Jones, who organized the conference and is co-curator of the exhibit, talks to participant William Blair following the afternoon panel. Blair is a professor of History at Penn State and founding editor of The Journal of the Civil War Era.

Proclaiming Emancipation Conference, Oct. 26, 2012

Eric Foner, center, talks with attendees before his keynote address.

Proclaiming Emancipation Conference, Oct. 26, 2012

Prof. Jones addresses the audience in Aikens Commons; she is co-director of the Law School's Program in Race, Law & History, which cosponsored the conference.

Proclaiming Emancipation Conference, Oct. 26, 2012

Students, faculty, and staff gathered to hear Prof. Foner's keynote.

Proclaiming Emancipation Conference, Oct. 26, 2012

Dean Evan Caminker discusses the importance of considering the Proclamation in both historical and contemporary contexts.

Proclaiming Emancipation Conference, Oct. 26, 2012

Elizabeth Hinton, Assistant Professor in the department of Afroamerican and African studies, introduces Eric Foner.

Proclaiming Emancipation Conference, Oct. 26, 2012

Prof. Foner delivers the keynote; he spoke on how Lincoln's views on emancipation evolved throughout his presidency.

Proclaiming Emancipation Conference, Oct. 26, 2012

Audience members were invited to ask Prof. Foner questions following the keynote.

Proclaiming Emancipation Conference, Oct. 26, 2012

Prof. Foner signs a copy of his Pulitzer Prize—winning book, The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery.

PROCLAIMING EMANCIPATION   To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, lawyers, historians, and Civil War scholars gathered at Hatcher Graduate Library on Oct. 26 to attend the "Proclaiming Emancipation" conference and to view the rare artifacts in the corresponding four-month exhibit. Later in the afternoon, they convened at Aikens Commons to listen to a keynote address by renowned Lincoln scholar Eric Foner.

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