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  • 04/27/2013

    Location: See full description for more information Time: 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM,12:30 PM to 4:30 PM Fee Information: Registration and tickets required

Trail to Freedom Committee Announces "The Untold Stories" - Trail to Freedom Symposium

FREDERICKSBURG, VA - The Trail to Freedom Committee,formerly the Fredericksburg-Stafford- Spotsylvania Sesquicentennial Committee, is pleased to announceThe Untold Stories - Trail to Freedom SymposiumonApril 27, 2013.    "The Untold Stories" continues to present and interpret the history of the men, women and children who crossed to freedom in the Spring and Summer of 1862 and the choices and realities they faced once they crossed into freedom including the choice to fight in the Union Army. 


The weekend of April 27, 2013 will begin with Phase I of the symposium which will include an invocation and presentation of Colors by the 23rdUnited States Colored Troops and an introductory address led by the Mayor of Fredericksburg, Mary Katherine Greenlaw.  Phase I will also include a teacher resources session on bringing local stories of Emancipation to the classroom and feature a lecture on Emancipation and the United States Colored troops led by Dr. James K. Bryant, author ofThe Chancellorsville Campaign: The Nation's High Water MarkandThe Battle of Fredericksburg: We Cannot Escape History. Phase I will run from 9:00 am to 11:30 pm at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library on 1201 Caroline Street.  Doors open at 8:45 a.m. Free and open to the public, registration required.    


During Phase II of the symposium attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy a seated buffet luncheon and join us as we honor the first inductees of the Trail-to-Freedom William H. Carney Award for service to the community and excellence in preserving local history.  Phase II will also feature an African American genealogical research workshop led by Dr. Laurenette Lee of the Virginia Historical Society and a theatrical interpretation of the life of Mary Ann Shadd Carry, an African American abolitionist and USCT recruiter during the Civil War.  Phase II will also feature a lecture on Civil War soldiers and sailors led by Mr. Burnie Siler, an historian and actor in the moviesGloryand the HBO mini-series,John Adams.   Phase II will run from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm at the Courtyard Marriott located at 620 Caroline Street.  Phase II is $25, registration is required.


 Participants may register and purchase tickets for both Phase I and Phase II sessions at The Museum Store at 215 William Street, Fredericksburg, VA. Tickets may also be purchased online atwww.untoldstoriesva.com.  For more information about the symposium or for  a complete listing of events please contact Hashmel Turner at 540-371-5180, James Anderson at 540-898-2549 or Tramia Jackson at 540-371-3037 ext. 140 or visit our website atwww.untoldstoriesva.com.


The TrailTo Freedom Symposium was conceived by the Trail to Freedom Committee of the John J. Wright Museum and Education Center and is a cooperative effort of the National Park Service, the Fredericksburg Area Museum& Cultural Center, Stafford County, Spotsylvania County, and the City of Fredericksburg.  Major funding for the program has been provided by Stafford County Tourism. 


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