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
One-off programs produced by Amherst Media members.