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A New Birth of Freedom: Commemorating Juneteenth in Kentucky

  • Fri, Jun 18, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Eastern Standard Time

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Sponsored by the Thomas W. Bullitt Perpetual Charitable Trust.

Emancipation in the United States was over 200 years in the making by the time the 13th Amendment officially ended human bondage in 1865. But alternative paths to freedom had opened for many Black Kentuckians months or years before Congress acted. How had these Black Kentuckians pushed the government towards freedom during the Civil War? When is Kentucky’s Juneteenth? And what sites can we visit today to mark this anniversary of liberation? Filson Director of Collections & Research Dr. Patrick Lewis will answer these questions—and yours!

Dr. Patrick Lewis is the Director of Collections and Research at the Filson Historical Society. A Trigg County native, he graduated from Transylvania University and holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Kentucky. He has worked for the National Park Service and the Kentucky Historical Society, and has won digital history grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Lewis is author of For Slavery and Union: Benjamin Buckner and Kentucky Loyalties in the Civil War (2015).

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Fri, Jun 18, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The Filson Historical Society
The Filson Historical Society, founded in 1884, is a privately-supported historical society dedicated to preserving the history of Kentucky and the Ohio Valley Region.