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FoWB Untold Stories 2019
February 22 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friends of Wilderness Battlefield (FoWB) is co-sponsoring a Black History Month event on February 22 (rain date, March 1) composed of four vignettes in several churches in old town Fredericksburg. Each vignette will depict a scene portraying African American involvement in one of four major wars, from the Revolutionary War to World War II. The history of the nation’s response to their service is conflicted!
Each vignette will have local actors portraying scenes based on real people and their service before and after a particular war. Included will be a look at the relationship between George Washington and Phillis Wheatley, the first U.S. female African American poet; a view of the “lost” Camp Casey near the present day Pentagon that served as a training ground for the all-black 23rd U.S. Colored Infantry; a moment in a foxhole in WWI France with Dr. Urbane Bass, a Fredericksburg physician who gave his life for his country; and finally, a discussion with a local resident who served with the Navy during WWII.
The tours will originate at St. George’s Episcopal Church, 905 Princess Anne St., and will continue to the Presbyterian Church, Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, and will end at Shiloh Baptist (New Site), so comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Light refreshments by FoWB, Friends of Chatham, and Shiloh Baptist Church will follow in the parish hall (New Site) following the last vignette, and volunteers from host organizations (including Friends of Chatham) will be on hand to visit with guests and answer questions or listen to ideas.
This is FoWB’s 2nd Annual Black History Month Untold Stories event and is co-sponsored by the John J Wright Educational and Cultural Center and the churches in Fredericksburg. To sign up for a tour, click on our link below! A $10.00 donation is your entry fee!
For more information, contact Dick Rankin at (540) 972–2862 or Barry Thompson at (540) 972–3757.