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Emancipation Proclamation in Nashville

Posted by on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 in News.

Our University Chaplain, Rev. Mark Forrester moderated a panel discussing the meaning and legacy of the Emancipation Proclamation when the actual historical document is in Nashville at Tennessee’s State Museum starting February 12, 2013 – President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. The document rarely leaves the National Archives in Washington, D.C., but will travel as part of the National Archives’ multimedia exhibit Discovering the Civil War. The exhibit will open on February 12, 2013 (Lincoln’s birthday) and continue through September 2013.

Panel Discussion on The Emancipation Proclamation

2013 marks the 150th anniversary of The Emancipation Proclamation, and to honor this occasion the University Chaplain’s Office, along with VU’s Legislative Affairs and Public Affairs, hosted a panel discussion in War Memorial Auditorium on Tuesday, February 12th (Abraham Lincoln’s birthday), at 3:30 p.m.

The original document will be on display that week at the Tennessee State Museum, and so it seemed fitting to invite the public, along with our state legislators, to listen in as our University Chaplain, Rev. Mark Forrester, engaged four individuals who will offer important and critical perspectives on the history of the Emancipation Proclamation and its ongoing legacy.

The four panelists were: Dr. Richard Blackett, Andrew Jackson Professor of History at Vanderbilt; Dr. Dennis Dickerson, James Lawson Professor of History at Vanderbilt; Dr. Richard Land, President of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention; and Rev. Becca Stevens, Episcopal Affiliated Chaplain at Vanderbilt, Pastor of St. Augustine’s Chapel and Founder of Magdalene & Thistle Farms.

The program will ran approximately an hour, with a reception to following,and was free to the public.

“It is an incredible honor for Tennessee to host the Emancipation Proclamation, a document whose significance to the history of this country, and this region in particular, cannot be overstated,” said Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam when he announced the coming exhibit.

The manuscript will only be visible to the public at intervals during a to-be-determined six-day period in 2013 to mark the document’s 150th anniversary.

See the whole photo set here