The Allen County Public Library is pleased to welcome Dr. Edna Greene Medford of Howard University for a Juneteenth presentation Friday, June 19, at 7 p.m. Dr. Medford will speak on “When Freedom Came: Emancipation and the Question of Timing.” The lecture will be in the Main Library Theater on Lower Level 2 and is free and open to the public.

June 19, 2015, is the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth, the first known celebration of the end of slavery in the United States. The event took place in Texas when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston on June 19, 1865, and told residents that the war was over and the slaves were free.[1]

Dr. Medford will discuss the various dates to be considered for the celebration of enslaved people gaining their freedom – January 1, 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation; June 19, 1865, when word finally reached far-flung Texas; or December 6, 1865, when the requisite number of states ratified the Thirteenth Amendment, abolishing slavery. Dr. Medford is an author, an instructor on African American history, the Civil War, Reconstruction, and 19th century America, and a member of the Board of Advisors of the Lincoln Forum. She received a 2009 bicentennial edition of the Order of Lincoln from the State of Illinois for her study of Lincoln and the Civil War era.Join us for this special presentation sponsored by the Allen County Public Library!


[1] Juneteenth.com, “History of Juneteenth,” www.juneteeth.com/history.htm. Accessed 12 June 2015.