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Historic St. Thomas Chapel
7854 Church St., Middletown
To mark the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, the Shenandoah Valley Chapter of Coming to the Table (www.comingtothetable.org) is hosting a lecture onSaturday, March 25, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and will be held at the historic St. Thomas Chapel at 7854 Church Street in Middletown (exit 302 off I-81).
Historian Dr. Deborah Lee will speak on “Religion and the Anti-Slavery Movement.” This topic is appropriate for St. Thomas Chapel because it was dedicated by Episcopal Bishop William Meade in 1837. Bishop Meade’s sister Ann Randolph Meade Page was an evangelical Christian slavery reformer in Frederick County, Virginia. After her husband’s death, Page emancipated most of her slaves.
Dr. Lee specializes in African American history, women’s history, and nineteenth century social, religious and cultural history and her dissertation was on Ann Randolph Meade Page. Dr. Lee will also discuss Page’s influence in the rise of the American Colonization Society, a social movement begun in 1816 that promoted the voluntary emigration of emancipated slaves and free blacks to Liberia. Virginians led the political and organizational leadership for this national movement, including James Madison and James Monroe as well as other prominent clergymen and abolitionists. She will also discuss the involvement of black and white Christians of other denominations in various forms of antislavery activism including the underground railroad in the region.
The United Nations designated March 25 as an annual International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. This International Day offers the opportunity to honor and remember those who suffered and died at the hands of the brutal slavery system and aims to raise awareness about the dangers of racism and prejudice today.
This event is sponsored by the Shenandoah Valley Chapter of Coming to the Table an organization founded in 2006 to provide leadership, resources, and supportive environment for all who wish to acknowledge and heal wounds from racism that is rooted in the United States’ history of slavery. Coming to the Table’s approach includes uncovering history, making connections, working toward healing, and taking action. Attendees of the lecture will have a chance to learn more about Coming to the Table and how to get involved.
Coming to the Table planned this event with its members Belle Grove Plantation (www.bellegrove.org) and Cedar Creek Belle Grove National Historical Park (www.nps.gov/cebe), both located in Middletown. These organizations are actively researching and presenting the history of slavery at Belle Grove Plantation and in the Shenandoah Valley.
This annual event brings history enthusiasts together in an effort to help keep our nation’s heritage not only preserved, but pristine.
Since 1996, the Civil War Trust has sponsored Park Day, an annual hands-on preservation event to help Civil War — and now Revolutionary War — battlefields and historic sites take on maintenance projects large and small. Activities are chosen by each participating site to meet their own particular needs and can range from raking leaves and hauling trash to painting signs and trail buildings.
Event at the Cedar Creek Battlefield:
Volunteers will be building an historic worm fence near the 8th Vermont monument (extending the existing historic fence). Volunteers need to call the VCS to sign up before the event. Please call 540-869-3015 or email email@example.com to sign up.
Volunteers need to report at 8:00 a.m. the day of the event to fill out the volunteer paperwork, and then will be sent out to the work site. Volunteers should bring work gloves and protective eye gear to the event.
At 1:00 p.m. Ranger Jeff Driscoll will present the "Sacrifice of Thomas' Brigade" program. This program will include giving a soldier identity to everyone who attends the program. The participants will then learn the fate of their soldier at the conclusion of the program.