Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Emancipation in DC
The DC Archives and Tenleytown Historical Society are partnering to sponsor two entertaining and informative lectures: "The Triumph of Freedom: The Story of DC Emancipation", by C. R. Gibbs, and "We Are Here: A Story of a Family of Free Blacks in the City of Washington", by Donet D. Graves, Esq.
C.R. Gibbs is an author, lecturer and historian of the African diaspora. A native Washingtonian, he grew up on Capitol Hill. Mr. Gibbs is the author of "Black, Copper and Bright: The District of Columbia's Black Civil War Regiment", and a co-author of "Black Georgetown Remembered: A History of its Black Community from the founding of the "Town of George" in 1751 to the Present Day.
Donet D. Graves, a lawyer, is Partner-in-Charge at Buckley King, LPA, in Cleveland, OH. Mr. Graves is a descendant of the renowned nineteenth-century Washington, DC hotelier, James Wormley. He has spent decades researching his family's historical presence in Washington, and is able to present an untold narrative of the role the Wormley family played in the civic, political, cultural, and economic life of the City.