This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation – the order issued by President Abraham Lincoln that decreed all those enslaved in the Confederate territory be forever free.
But getting to that point – and helping enslaved individuals find freedom – didn’t come easily before or after the decree.
CET and ThinkTV will be airing the The Abolitionists on American Experience this January. Part one will be at 9pm Tuesday, Jan. 8, followed by part two at 9pm Jan. 15 and part three at 9pm Jan. 22.
This series follows the shared stories of Angelina Grimké, the daughter of a Charleston plantation family, who moves north and becomes a public speaker against slavery; Frederick Douglass, a young slave who becomes hopeful when he hears about the abolitionists; William Lloyd Garrison, who founds the newspaper The Liberator, a powerful voice for the movement; Harriet Beecher Stowe, whose first trip to the South changes her life and her writing; and John Brown, who devotes his life to the cause.
PBS has a cool website built around American Experience: The Abolitionists that we wanted to share: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/. There are previews, additional clips, associated stories and an interactive “The Abolitionist Map of America” that uses history pin to mark locations of interest in our area. Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments!
Also, coming up later this month, the Underground Railroad Freedom Center will be opening a new special installation called “Emancipation and its Legacies” beginning Jan. 18th. This exhibit will examine the events leading up to and immediately following the Proclamation and the impact they made on the course of our nation. For more information, visit www.freedomcenter.org.