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For Immediate Release: 7/12/2013

Office of Human Rights to Host Sesquicentennial Commemoration of Civil War and Events That Followed

The public is invited to a Sesquicentennial Commemoration of the American Civil War hosted by the Montgomery County Office of Human Rights (OHR) on Tuesday, July 16 beginning at 6:30 p.m. that will include a screening of last year’s award-winning film, Lincoln. The free program will take place at BlackRock Center for the Arts, 12901 Town Commons Drive, Germantown.

The OHR program commemorates the 150th anniversary of one of the hardest-fought battles of the Civil War --the Battle of Gettysburg. The event will also tie in the Juneteenth Celebration commemorating June 19, 1865, the day Union General Gordon Granger and 2,000 federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to take possession of the state and enforce the emancipation of its enslaved persons.

“While these events happened more than 150 years ago, their impact on social justice and equality is still being felt today in every aspect of our lives,” said OHR Director James Stowe. “This is an important program for people of all ages and I encourage families to join us for this entertaining and educational evening.”

The program will kick off with a welcome and lecture by Montgomery College history professor Dr. Alonzo Smith, who will give a brief historical perspective of the war and the Emancipation Proclamation issued by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863. After Dr. Smith’s lecture, the movie will be aired, followed by a brief question and answer session and light refreshments.

For more information, call the Office of Human Rights at 240-777-8465.

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Release ID: 13-211
Media Contact: Sue Tucker 240-777-6507

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