[PAST EVENT] Constitution Day Event: Slavery and the U.S. Constitution

September 19, 2020
7pm - 8pm
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William & Mary will be joining Colonial Williamsburg to celebrate Constitution Day with a special live-streamed event on Facebook on September 19.

To learn more about Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, visit the Library of Congress website.

The Constitutional Convention of 1787 brought together strong-willed representatives with opposing points of view on slavery and its future. To ensure passage of the Constitution itself, the representatives deemed it necessary to find a path forward that could be agreed to, with the understanding that the consequences of those actions would impact future generations. We are those future generations. We look back at this founding document and the challenging perspectives of our past and present with hope for the future.
This panel discussion will be interspersed with dramatic interpretations from perspectives of the time period.

This hour-long program featuring Professor Allison Orr Larsen, director of the William & Mary Institute of Bill of Rights Law, will be streamed live on Colonial Williamsburg’s Facebook page:


Moderator: Deirdre Jones – Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Panelists: Hope Wright – Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and Professor Allison O. Larsen – William & Mary Law School

Special Performances by – Katrinah Carol Lewis and  Willie Wright