This Saturday afternoon, Feb. 9, there will be a symposium commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. The organizers stated, “In remembrance of the enslaved, we will examine American slavery as a historical memory and national legacy.”

There will be presentations by distinguished historians along with what they hope will be “a dynamic discussion with the audience.” Participating scholars include David Blight, professor of American history at Yale University and director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition, and Annette Gordon-Reed, professor of history and law at Harvard University and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History.

The event is sponsored by Fordham University, the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition at Yale University and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. It will be held at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Lenox Ave. (on the corner of 135th Street) in Harlem, Saturday, Feb. 9, from 4 to 6 p.m.