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Civil War to Civil Rights
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 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?
According to his memoirs, U.S. Grant was suffering "very severely" with a "sick headache" the day before he was to meet R.E. Lee at Appomattox Court House. However, as soon as he read Lee's note suggesting they meet to formalize the surrender of the Confederate Army, his headache disappeared. More...