“Manumitting the Custis family slaves and the eve of Emancipation” – Sesquicentennial Brown Bag Lunch Talk

December 21, 2012 - 12:00pm - 12:30pm
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Kelly Hancock
1201 E. Clay Street, Richmond, VA 23219
(855) 649-1861

Throughout the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, the Museum of the Confederacy-Richmond will be hosting a monthly series of talks devoted to a topic or event's 150th anniversary. These talks, normally scheduled for the third Friday of the month, are free for members and Richmond area residents, and are included with Museum admission for all others.

On December 29, 1862 – 3 days before the Emancipation Proclamation took effect – R. E. Lee, executor of the estate of his father-in-law, George Washington Parke Custis, traveled from his headquarters in Fredericksburg to Spotsylvania Court House to file a document that freed Custis’s slaves.  What was going on? This program will show and discuss this important document and its historical context.

Join Museum Historian and Vice President of Research and Publications John Coski for this free talk. Bring your lunch to the Museum and commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

Get a sneak peak at the manumission document itself over on our Document of the Month page!