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To Die Free

To Die Free- A Tribute to those African Americans Who Answered Freedom’s Call in America’s Darkest Hour.

Saturday and Sunday, March 30-31st 2019, 12:00PM to 5:00 PM

Adults $10 • Students/Seniors $8 • Children $7


Renowned living historians from the Hannibal Guard will present an immersive living history program at Historic Richmond Town’s Main Village site on Saturday and Sunday, March 30th and 31st. The weekend- long event will showcase the important contributions of African American soldiers during the American Civil War.

Before the Civil War, African Americans were not welcomed into the armed services.  That began to change when the Union League in New York City worked to form the United States Colored Troops   The USCT had African American enlisted men and white officers. Nearly 155 years later, on March 30 and March 31 noon – 5 pm Historic Richmond Town will host the Hannibal Guards, in honor of this important change.  The group is a premiere living history organization that shows the lives and duties of local service members during the four-year conflict. Members will present an immersive program to highlight the activities and accomplishments of New York State’s three USCT regiments.

The program focuses on the service of the 20th USCT and the individuals who served in it.  Visitors can experience a mock recruiting station housed in the General Store, where neighbors frequently met each other in the 1860s.  There, one can imagine the transformation of citizen farmer, clerk or businessman to soldier. The dynamic of white officer, black solider and the local citizens of the Union League who supported them can be explored fully in this hands-on program.

  •  Experience enlistment as freed people, farmers, school teachers and artisans become citizen soldiers.

  • Witness the soldiers drill and learn the power of their firearms.

  • Discuss with experts the racial tensions that existed during the mid-part of the 19th century and how those struggles shaped a nation.

Earlier Event: March 16
Guyon Tavern Benefit Concert
Later Event: April 6