• General Grant National Memorial

    General Grant

    National Memorial New York

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Civil War to Civil Rights

Reconstruction

Please join the National Park Service at General Grant National Memorial (Grant's Tomb) for our continuing observance of the 150th anniversary of The Civil War and the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's.

Victory in war and enactment of the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments did not ensure equal treatment for all. The tensions of reconstruction and a variety of local and state laws mandated racial segregation and denial of voting rights.

100 years after the war the wounds of our past were still not healed. A national Civil Rights Movement worked to realize a society which lived up to our founder's belief that "all men are created equal."

The program schedule:

Saturday, May 24th at 2:30 pm Professor Herb Boyd will discuss President Grant's role in fostering a peaceful reconciliation between North and South while attempting to protect the civil rights of the freed slaves. Prof, Boyd is an awarding winning author and journalist and has published twenty two books and countless articles for national magazines and newspapers. Along with his writing Prof. Boyd teaches in the African American Studies Department at City College of New York.

Saturday, May 31st at 2:00 pm A History of Civil Rights in America: 1774 – 1833, a video presentation followed by a discussion facilitated by a National Park Service Ranger.

Saturday June 7th at 2:00 PM, a video presentation of "A History of Civil Rights in America: 1834 - 1868" Americans launch the drive for universal education to make sure there is an enlightened citizenry that knows its civil rights. At the same time, the country expands the idea of all men are created equal to include African Americans; followed by discussion facilitated by a National Park Service Ranger.

Saturday July 5th at 2:00 PM, a video presentation of "A History of Civil Rights in America: 1869 - 1916" Program three recounts the movements that extended civil rights to African Americans, Chinese Americans, American Indians, and Jewish Americans; followed by a discussion facilitated by a National Park Service Ranger.

Saturday July 19th at 2:00 PM, a video presentation of" A History of Civil Rights in America 1917 - 1926" Women, American Indians, and Chinese-Americans further solidify their claims to civil rights, and the Supreme Court applies the 14th Amendment to the states; followed by a discussion facilitated by a National Park Service Ranger.

Saturday August 2nd at 2:00 PM a 2nd a video presentation of "A History of Civil Rights in America 1927 - 1961" A major shift in American consciousness concerning the rights of African Americans leads to the greatest civil rights movement the nation has ever seen; followed by a discussion facilitated by a National Park Service Ranger.

Saturday August 9th at 2:00 PM, a video presentation of "A History of Civil Rights in America 1962 – 1965". The promise of the Declaration of Independence is finally extended to African-Americans through four monumental pieces of legislation. At the same time, the Supreme Court strengthens the rights of the accused through its landmark Miranda ruling; followed by a discussion facilitated by a National Park Service Ranger.

Saturday September 6th at 2:00 PM, a video presentation of "A History of Civil Rights in America 1965 – 1993". In this the era of the great civil rights leaders help usher in a time of great changes in the civil rights of all Americans for the betterment of all Americans; followed by a discussion facilitated by a National Park Service Ranger.

Saturday September 13th at 2:00 PM, a video presentation of "A History of Civil Rights in America 1994 – 2010". Program eight discusses the first great civil rights issues of the 21st century immigration, due process and homosexuality in the U.S. military; followed by a discussion facilitated by a National Park Service Ranger.

Did You Know?

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