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150th Anniversary of Emancipation of Proclamation Celebrated

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Russell Library at 123 Broad Street, Middletown will host this community program at 6pm Thursday, January 10 in the Hubbard Room.  This special event will include performances by the Middletown High School Chamber Choir Singers, Oddfellows Playhouse, and The Shiloh Baptist Missionary Church Male Chorus. Writer and educator Kate Rushin will discuss Watch Night.  Patricia Charles, Superintendent of Schools, and the Honorable Daniel T. Drew, Mayor of Middletown, will judge a debate about the Emancipation Proclamation presented by the Middletown High School Debate Club.  An audience discussion is planned, and refreshments will be served.  Olin Library at Wesleyan University and the Middlesex County Historical Society will feature exhibits on slavery, the Abolitionist Movement, the Underground Railroad in Middletown and colonization.  The Friends of the Russell Library and the Middletown Human Relations Commission are co-sponsoring the celebration. The snow date for this program is Thursday, January 17.

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