The Emancipation Proclamation, which was controversial when President Lincoln signed the declaration 150 years ago this year, continues to fascinate historians today.

In Washington this month, there are two opportunities to learn more about Lincoln’s decision to free the slaves in certain parts of the Confederacy and why that continues to matter today.

Tomorrow, the National Archives presents a free panel discussion at 7 p.m. on “One Hundred Years: From the Emancipation Proclamation to the March on Washington.”  John Franklin of the National Museum of African American History will chair the discussion, to be held in the William G. McGovern Theater.

Orville Vernon Burton (Craig Mahaffey)