Hosted by Duke University and North Carolina Central University

October 24-25, 2023, Durham, NC


From Slavery to Freedom, From Durham to the World: Commemorating More than Three-Quarters of a Century of Publication,” will honor the legacy of historian John Hope Franklin (1915-2009) and his  seminal work, From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans, still in print and still relevant more than 75 years after it was written.

The two-day event, which is free and open to the public, will take place October 24-25, featuring panel discussions and receptions on both campuses.

For info about the symposium’s speakers, click here. For more info about John Hope Franklin, click here.

View Online

The From Slavery to Freedom symposium can viewed online on YouTube.  Please use the links below for the videos –

All Panels (Day One and Day Two) Playlist


Registration is now closed


In-Person Locations

Day One – October 24, 2023

Morning/Afternoon Panels (10am-4:00pm)

North Carolina Central University Student Center

500 Nelson Street, Durham, NC 27707


Evening Reception/Panel (6:30pm-9:00pm)





H.M Michaux Jr. School of Education Building Auditorium

700 Cecil Street, Durham, NC 27707

Day Two – October 25, 2023

All-Day Panels and Reception (9am-7:00pm)

Rubenstein Library, Duke University West Campus

Gothic Reading Room, 2nd Floor (RL 250)

411 Chapel Drive, Durham, NC 27708

Directions and Parking


North Carolina Central University Campus Map

(Morning/Afternoon) New Student Center (#6), (Evening) H.M Michaux Jr. School of Education Building (#29)

Duke University Library, West Campus


October 24 at North Carolina Central University –

  • ADA Parking will be given preference at the New Student Center surface lot
  • General Parking will accommodated at the following lots –
    • New Student Center surface lot
    • Albert N. Whiting Criminal Justice Building lot
    • H.N. Michaux Jr. School of Education Building lot

October 25 at Duke University  –

  • ADA Parking will be accommodated at the Bryan Center Garage. Please follow direction signs to reach Duke Rubenstein Library upon exiting the garage.
  • General Parking will be accommodated at the Science Center Drive Garage, 3100 Cameron Blvd, Durham, NC 27705. Shuttles will be provided to pickup guests outside the parking garage on Science Drive to transport to Duke Rubenstein Library.
  • Registrants will receive parking vouchers via email by 10/20


Suggestions for local accommodations include:

Washington Duke Inn

JB Duke Hotel

The Lodge at Duke Medical Center

Hilton Garden Inn Durham/University Medical Center

Residence Inn Durham McPherson/Duke University Medical Center

*Please be advised there is no formal rate or code for symposium guests, room rates and availability will be based on hotel occupancy*

Sponsors and Supporters

Sponsors –

Supporters –

North Carolina Central University Office of the Chancellor

North Carolina Central University Office of the Provost

North Carolina Central University College of Arts, Social Sciences & Humanities

North Carolina Central University Department of History

North Carolina Central University Archives

James E. Shepard Memorial Library, North Carolina Central University

North Carolina Central University Office of Student Affairs

North Carolina Central University Office of Marketing

Duke University Office of the President

Duke university Office of the Provost

Duke University Libraries

John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History & Culture

Duke University Department of African and African American Studies

Duke University Department of History

Duke University School of Law

Franklin Humanities Institute

John Hope Franklin Young Scholars Program

Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity



Please email if you have questions about the symposium events