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Lecture on “Freedom Coming, Freedom for All: the Emancipation Proclamation in NC”

when: Jun. 6, 2013

Earl Ijames spoke on “Freedom Coming, Freedom for All” on Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 7 pm at the Visitors Center of the Joel Lane Museum House at 160 South Saint Mary’s Street, Raleigh, NC 27603. Admission was $15 for the general public and $10 for members of the Joel Lane Historical Society. Refreshments were served. Seating was limited, and advanced payment was required. Please call 919-833-3431 with your MasterCard or Visa, or mail a check to P O Box 10884, Raleigh NC 27605. Be sure to include the names of all in your party; nametags will serve as tickets. Tickets are non-refundable unless we must cancel the event.

Earl Ijames is Curator for African American and Community History at the North Carolina Museum of History. He discussed how the Emancipation Proclamation, a preliminary version of which will be on exhibit at the NC Museum of History from May 15 to June 16, worked in North Carolina. The Proclamation and its ensuing freedom was a process, not just an event.

You may know Earl, a native of Winston-Salem, from his former position as Resident Archivist at the NC Office of Archives and History. He has also done extensive public speaking and is very active in the community.  He graduated from NSCU with a degree in history and minors in English and African-American studies. He is residing in and restoring a Victorian ranch house that he moved from Wendell to Zebulon so he knows first-hand the challenges of caring for an old building. He has voiced a Confederate laborer for an exhibit at the Museum of History and played the role of Thomas Day’s brother in the film “Exploring the World of Thomas Day.” You won’t want to miss this talk by a fascinating speaker.


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What visitors say

Thank you so much for letting our IB Human Geography class come tour the Joel Lane house. I really enjoyed learning about how high-class people lived back them. I was surprised to hear that they were always working and had no time to themselves. I was also shocked at the size of the beds. They were so small! You two really played good parts and made me feel like I was really back in those times.

Henley