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Abolishing Slavery, Part 2: The Reconstruction Era Amendments

calendar September 18, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm location Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church Cultural Center, 512 E. Strawberry Street, Lancaster price-tag Free; pre-registration appreciated

Attorneys Dwight Yoder and Sheila O’Rourke will present the second seminar in GKH’s series on the legal and historical context of slavery and racial discrimination in the United States. Following up on the challenging and engaging first seminar that explored the horrific practice of slavery and how it was protected by our Constitution and laws, Attorneys Yoder and O’Rourke will present on the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments to the United States Constitution. These amendments were adopted after the Civil War and appeared to eliminate enslavement and guarantee equal protection, citizenship and voting rights to African Americans. However, these freedoms and rights were nullified by state laws in both the north and south, enabling the continued enslavement of African Americans and denial of their constitutional rights.

Pre-registration is appreciated but not required.