President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which freed American slaves on Jan. 1, 1863. But in D.C., emancipation came earlier, and it’s still celebrated to this day. A D.C. historian details the story behind the holiday, and a D.C. Council member explains why it still matters.
Georgetown University undergraduates have voted in favor of a referendum seeking the establishment of a fund benefiting the descendants of enslaved people sold to pay off the school’s debts.
Georgetown University students are considering a fee benefiting the descendants of enslaved people sold to pay off the school’s debts, an effort that would create one of the first reparations funds at a major U.S. institution.
A woman abducted from Africa as a child has been identified as the last known survivor of the slave ships that took kidnapped West Africans to the United States.
A clay tobacco pipe discovered in slave quarters of a Maryland plantation, and the DNA that was found on it, led to a scientific breakthrough. See photos of the plantation grounds and the pipe.
First lady of Virginia Pam Northam handed cotton to young African-American children on a tour of the governor’s mansion and asked them to imagine being slaves in the fields, the mother of one of the children alleged.
A Loudoun County elementary school principal is apologizing for trivializing slavery during a Black History Month exercise.
Almost 400 years ago, the first Africans to arrive in North America were kidnapped, forcibly sailed across the ocean aboard three slave ships, and then sold into bondage in Virginia. Now their descendants, along with historians and genealogists, are seeking recognition for a group of 20-some Africans they describe as critical to the survival of Jamestown.
Groundbreaking scholar on slavery and Reconstruction Willie Lee Rose died June 20 at the age of 91, Johns Hopkins University told The Associated Press on Thursday.
The Georgetown Memory Project has set out to find relatives of slaves who once worked on Jesuit plantations in Southern Maryland. Researchers estimate there are as many as 3,000 living offspring of the 91 slaves, many of whom are sprinkled throughout Maryland, the District and Virginia.
A state commission in Virginia has decided to include Nat Turner in an anti-slavery monument.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said historically black colleges and universities were pioneers of school choice. Now, HUD Secretary Ben Carson referred to slaves as immigrants. A history expert wants to offer them lessons on African-American history.
WASHINGTON — Prince William County will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War with ‘Juneteenth’ activities on Saturday. On June 19, 1865, slavery officially ended when General Gordon Granger arrived in…
BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland is celebrating the 150th anniversary marking the end of slavery in the state, a milestone that came after the Emancipation Proclamation. While President Abraham Lincoln signed the proclamation in January 1863,…
STEVE SZKOTAK Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — “Twelve Years a Slave” actress Lupita Nyong’o is lending her star power to the opposition to a minor league baseball stadium in what was once the center…
Recreating the District in video game form was no small task. Here's how the developers did it.