The Thirteenth Amendment 150th Anniversary Commemoration

Thirteenth Amendment Commemoration: 12-18-15

Thirteenth Amendment Commemoration: 12-18-15

On December 18, 1865 the Thirteenth Amendment was formally adopted to the Constitution and forever abolished slavery in the United States of America.

The commemoration was conducted at Amherst Town Hall on December 18, 2015 and featured the following:

Welcome by Alisa Brewer, Select Board Chair

Master of Ceremonies, Gregory Bascomb, Chairman Amherst Human Rights Committee

Martin Jones, The Thirteenth Amendment 150th Anniversary Committee of Hampshire County

Proclamation by the Town of Amherst by Andrew Steinberg, Select Board

Silent vigil of remembrance for the victims of slavery and racism by Xinef Afriam, Activist and Playwright

Vocal performance by Moonlight Davis accompanied by Miro Sprague on piano

Reading of the 1865 Proclamation by Matthew Charity, Amherst Human Rights Commission

Presentation and outdoor raising of the 36-star flag of the United States by Ronald Brace, Commander of the Peter Brace Brigade, Civil War Re-enactors of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment

Vocal Performance by Morning Star Chenven

Production Date: 
Friday, December 18, 2015