Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery with Deborah Willis


In honor of the 150th anniversary of Maryland Emancipation Day, Dr. Deborah Willis offers a new look at the periods from Emancipation to the New Deal using historic photographs from her landmark book of photographs, Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery. The images – some rarely before seen - illuminate the daily lives of African Americans and offer a deeper understanding of the impact on African Americans before, during, and after emancipation. Co-written with Dr. Barbara Krauthamer and winner Outstanding Literary Work, Non-fiction 2014, NAACP Image Award. Book signing to follow. $10 program admission includes museum admission.

Come out and be entered to win a roundtrip flight, courtesy of Southwest Airlines, Official Airline of the museum. Drawing to be held at the event. Must be present to win.

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Sneak preview

"I thought it was important to see how black photographers were documenting their community," says Dr. Willis. Click below to see and hear more.

About Dr. Deborah Willis

Dr. Willis was a 2005 Guggenheim Fellow and Fletcher Fellow, and a 2000 MacArthur Fellow. She is currently University Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography and Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Dr. Willis has pursued a dual professional career as an art photographer and as one of the nation’s leading historians and curators of African American photography. 

Date and Time
Saturday, November 1, 1:00 pm
Contact Information
For more information call 443-263-1816