Today in 1865: The state of Georgia provided the final vote needed for the 13th Amendment to become part of the U.S. Constitution, abolishing slavery. Quote “ Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”
Two days before, Mississippi’s legislature had voted to reject ratification; Mississippi did not ratify the anti-slavery amendment until 1995.
It’s today’s Action Calendar!
Tonight, there will be a free screening of the award-winning 2010 film “DIVE!” at the Fitchburg Public Library. Inspired by a curiosity about society’s careless habit of sending good, edible food straight to landfills, the multi-award-winning documentary DIVE! follows filmmaker Jeremy Seifert and friends as they dumpster dive in the back alleys and gated garbage receptacles of Los Angeles’s supermarkets. Free, non-dumpster-dived refreshments provided! This is tonight at 6:30pm at the Fitchburg Public Library, 5530 Lacy Road, in Fitchburg. More info at 608-729-1760.
Tomorrow at noon, Dr. Christopher Goscha, Associate Professor at the Université du Québec à Montréal, will be lecturing on “Plural Vietnam? From Singularity to Plurality”. This will be at 206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive. This is free and open to the public, and sponsored by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies and Department of History, Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia.For more info, call Mary at 608-263-1755, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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