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)

The speaker for the Lincoln Group of the District of Columbia’s monthly dinner meeting April 16 will be author and Clemson University Professor Orville Vernon Burton, who will speak on “Lincoln, the Emancipation Proclamation and Education.”  Non-members are welcome to attend the dinner at Pier Seven Restaurant with cocktails at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6 and the speaker at 7. The dinner and lecture is $40 and the lecture alone is $15. Reservations must be made by April 12. Reserve online or call 703-532-6188.