Freedom Symposium: Lay My Burden Down October 17th and 18th, 2013

The Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee of the Department of Cultural Resources and co-hosts Wake Forest University, Winston Salem State University and Old Salem Museum and Gardens, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Wake Forest Humanities Institute, are holding a symposium exploring concepts of Freedom in the Civil War era.  Titled “Lay My Burden Down” from the spiritual Glory Glory Hallelujah the symposium exams some of the many facets of Freedom during and after the Civil War era and the continuing legacy of the Emancipation Proclamation.

The two-day event features lectures by Cheryl Harry and Anthony Parent as well as tours at Old Salem on Thursday afternoon, a key-note address by Hari Jones at Winston Salem State University on Thursday evening and fifteen presentations on Friday, including an opening address by Ira Berlin, a keynote address by Thavolia Glymph, a closing discussion panel with Tim Tyson presiding and a poetry reading by Maya Angelou.

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