Former ACLU Director Of DC To Speak At Library To Mark 150 Anniversary Of Emancipation

WASHINGTON (AP) — The former executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of the Nation’s Capital will speak about the end of slavery in Washington during an event at the city’s main library.

Johnny Barnes is scheduled to speak Tuesday evening at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in northwest Washington. His topic is the Constitution, Bill of Rights and the emancipation of slaves in Washington.

Monday marks 150 years from the date President Abraham Lincoln signed the D.C. Compensated Emancipation Act of 1862. The act freed some 3,100 slaves in D.C. The 16th president signed the Emancipation Proclamation freeing all slaves in the South just over eight months later.

Barnes led the ACLU of the Nation’s Capital from 2001 to 2012 before retiring.

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