Friday March 1, 2013

The Sheffield Historical Society will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation by presenting Professor Frances Jones-Sneed, who will lecture on "The Rev. Samuel Harrison and the Emancipation Proclamation" at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 8, at Dewey Hall on the Village Green, Route 7.

Harrison, a former slave, came to Pittsfield in 1850 as the pastor of Second Congregational Church. During the Civil War, he became the chaplain of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment, the first all black infantry to fight in that war, and whose 150th anniversary is also commemorated this year.

Jones-Sneed is a professor of history and former director of Women’s Studies at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams. She is currently working on a monograph about W.E.B. Du Bois and editing the autobiography of the Rev. Samuel Harrison.

The program is free and open to the public. Information: (413) 229-2694.