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Easton Lecture To Commemorate Emancipation Proclamation

The 29th Regiment, from Connecticut, included freed slaves who fought in the Civil War.
The 29th Regiment, from Connecticut, included freed slaves who fought in the Civil War. Photo Credit: Easton Historical Society

EASTON, Conn. – The Easton Historical Society will honor President Abraham Lincoln and celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation with a lecture by David Koch, assistant professor at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport.

Koch will speak about the proclamation, which freed more than 3 million slaves, and how it allowed freed slaves to enroll in the U.S. Army. Many joined the 29th and 30th regiments in Connecticut and played a role in the North’s victory in the Civil War.

The free lecture takes place from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Easton Library's Community Room, 691 Morehouse Road.

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