Nannie Helen Burroughs: Her Contributions and Legacy

Benning (Dorothy I. Height) Library

Nannie Helen Burroughs: Her Contributions and Legacy

Thursday, April 14, 2016, 6:30 p.m.

On April 16, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the DC Compensated Emancipation Act of 1862. 

The Law freed over 3,000 slaves and reimbursed slaveholders. It also set the stage for festive rejoicing, as former bondsmen and their descendants celebrated Emancipation Day in the nation’s capital through parades and other commemorative events since 1862.
 
In recognition of the 154th Anniversary of DC Emancipation Day, James E. Wyatt, founder of the Nannie Helen Burroughs Project, will provide a lecture on the industrious educator, orator, religious leader and civil rights activist. 
 
Join us on Thursday, February 14 for an inspirational talk about the life and legacy of a courageous African-American woman, whose major achievements occurred in the District of Columbia.