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.


The From Slavery to Freedom Symposium will be convened in-person and live-streamed online; registration is strongly advised. Please use the links below to indicate when and how you wish to attend.

Registration – Day One (October 24, 2023)

Registration – Day Two (October 25, 2023)

In-Person Locations

Day One – October 24, 2023

North Carolina Central University Student Center

500 Nelson Street, Durham, NC 27707


Day Two – October 25, 2023

Rubenstein Library, Duke University West Campus

Gothic Reading Room, 2nd Floor

411 Chapel Drive, Durham, NC 27708

Directions and Parking

Coming Soon…


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

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