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Dale Rich Collection presents Emancipation Proclamation exhibit

DETROIT — Nationally acclaimed photographer, historian, genealogist and activist Dale Rich will present “Thenceforward and Forever Free: The Emancipation Proclamation,” a commemoration of the 150th anniversary of that historic document signed in 1863, Feb. 2, from 1-4 p.m.

The presentation will feature a powerful multi-media exhibit showcasing historically important paintings, photographs and other documents illustrating the road from slavery to freedom, and to Reconstruction and beyond.

The program will be held at the main branch of the Detroit Public Library, Friends Auditorium, 5201 Woodward Ave. It will also feature re-enactment soldiers from Company B of the United States Colored Troops, originally known as the 1st Michigan Infantry Regiment Coloreds. The U.S. Colored Troops were regiments of the Army during the Civil War comprised of African American soldiers.In addition, a prominent re-enactor of Frederick Douglass will be on hand to recite the Emancipation Proclamation, which led to the 13th Amendment and the abolition of slavery in the United States.Dr. Alisea Williams-McLeod, a humanities instructor at Rust College in Holly Springs, Miss., will speak on “Contraband Camp Registers: Links to Our Past.” She has developed a Web site devoted to the transcription and digitization of thousands of names of Black freed people recorded at the camps during the Civil War.Most recently, Rich presented “Barack H. Obama: From Senator to the White House,” more than 100 photographs chronicling Obama’s path to president of the United States. The exhibit ran concurrently with another popular Rich presentation, “From Slavery to Freedom,” a powerful mixed-medium exhibit. Rich has spent over 40 years honing his crafts. He has researched and developed 15 television documentaries, including three that won Emmys.As a photojournalist Rich has chronicled Black life in Detroit, where he was born and still lives, and at state and national events.

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