From: FORKSYAROADS@aol.comCOUNT DOWN TO MISS-LOU’S THIRD ANNUAL BLACK & BLUE CIVIL WAR LIVING HISTORY EVENT… OCTOBER 29, 30, 2010
This two days equal history commemoration project annually aims to restore the Erase-ism memory of the roles and actions of runaway enslaved who served as Union Military soldiers, sailors, nurses and supporting civilians during the Civil War. They and other African descendants significantly helped preserve the United States Union and gained the freedom of enslaved and non-enslaved people in the immediate Old Natchez District’s counties and parishes of Mississippi and Louisiana.
DAY ONE OCTOBER 29TH:
“Blacks in Civil War Seminar…..Prepare to Commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War over the next five years starting in 2011.
Ø Be historically accurate and adequate with historical records facts by attending our free “Blacks” in the Lower Mississippi Valley Civil War Seminar.
Ø Our professional and expert seminar presenters are:
v Nana Bennie McRae of Trotwood Ohio. He is a retired Operations Specialist United States Air Force and the Federal Aviation Administration. He is researcher, developer and owner of Lest We Forget Family of Websites which houses the most comprehensive information on “Black” military history in the United States, if not in the world. These files are being acquired by Hampton University in Virginia. http://www.lwfaam.net/
v Parker Hill retired Brigadier General, of Clinton Mississippi. He is the researcher, developer and owner of BattleFocus Company. He educates and develops effective and ethical leaders, both military and corporate, and enhances teamwork of participating groups. www.battlefocus.com
v Jim Woodrick, Acting Director of Historic Preservation Division of Mississippi Department of Archives and History. He has served as the department's Civil War Sites Historian and continues to manage its Mississippi Civil War Trails program. His research shows the Union war effort could not have been accomplished without the contribution of black troops, many of whom were native Mississippians.email@example.com
Ø Our experts will use power point medium to present from official government records and other research the factual Union military roles and actions of “Black” soldiers, sailors, and civilians along the Mississippi River from Memphis to Mobil during the Civil War.
LOCATION: 115 South Pearl Street (Board of Alderpersons Chambers) Natchez, Mississippi
TIME: 12 Noon to 5 P. M. 100 Seats only! No reservations!
Contact: Ser Seshs Ab Heter-CM Boxley, Coordinator, 601-442-4719 firstname.lastname@example.org
DAY TWO OCTOBER 30TH:
Location:…. Historic Jefferson College Washington Ms. U. S. Highway 61 N. just east of Natchez
10:30 A. M……Children Soldiers Camp 12 Noon ….Our Regular Program
Freedom Summer of 1863 Civil War Voices of Adams & Jefferson Counties’ Whites and Blacks
A Three Acts Drama Depiction as follows:
Reaction of a Southern Belle to Union Occupation of Natchez July 13, 1863
(Based upon Elizabeth Dunbar Murray’s book My Mother Used to Say)
Slavery Meets Freedom at Forks of Road
In Natchez enslaves Burl Lewis and others runaway from Brown’s Sawmill and in Jefferson County Moses Reed family runaway from Samuel Darden’s Plantation and joins the Union Army based at Natchez’s Forks of the Road “slave” markets sites
(Based upon Anthony Kaye’s book Joining Places and Susan Sillers Darden’s Dairy)
Running From Sunday to Sunday to Union Army Freedom at Natchez
Jefferson County’s enslaved Daniel Timms family and others runaway from Blount Stuart’s plantation to Rodney. Failing to get aboard a Union gunboat, from Sunday to the next Sunday they escape along the Mississippi River, alluding Henry Stampley’s “slave” catching dogs, they safely make it to Union Army freedom at Natchez Under the Hill
(Based upon Work Program Administration Narrative of J. T. Timms and Susan Sillers Darden’s Dairy)
Featuring: Master Story Teller Diane Williams, Sergeant-Major Norman Fisher’s 1st Mississippi Colored Regiment Infantry Re-enactors, and other Role Actors: Marianne Raley, Darryl Grennell, David “Black Dot” Williams, Jamal McCullen, Rusty Lewis, David Dreyer, Darrell White, HClark Burkett, Ned Hester, Ron Miller, Vickie Green, Geraldine Finiel, Diane Brooks, Charles Brenner, Isaiah McCoy,
Sponsored by Friends of the Forks of the Roads Society Inc, A Mississippi Department of Archives and History Requested Event, Endorsed by Mississippi Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission, Financial support of local businesses, individuals and Society’s members and associates, 1st Mississippi Colored Regiment Infantry
Free Admission Rain or Shine Bring lawn chairs
Wear period clothing if you want! Its two years and several months into the Civil War in 1863
UN-ERASE-ISM…RESTORE CIVIL WAR MEMORY OF “BLACK”
Key National Issues of “Blacks” in Civil War Erase-ism
As Reported in Associated Press Article: Re-enactors Keep Memory of Black Civil War Troops August 28, 2010
§ Black re-enactors were unheard of 50 years ago during the Civil War centennial
§ 20 years ago there were no black re-enactors
- Today there are at least 18 black re-enactment units in more than a dozen states
Scattered groups of black re-enactors are dedicated to retelling as the 150th anniversary of the war approaches (Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War)
My teachers didn’t know black soldiers fought in the Civil War so they didn’t teach us that…....retired National Park Service ranger Mel Reid
- Little-known story of more than 200,000 blacks who served in the Union forces
- A story many re-enactors themselves didn’t discover until adulthood
Story of black troops is really the only new story of the Civil War. It has been suppressed for so long…Hari Jones African-American Civil War Memorial and Museum in Washington, D.C.
During the decades after the war, the romanticized ideal of the Southern ‘‘Lost Cause’’ emerged as did institutionalized racial segregation in the South
§ Little mention of the freedom brought to blacks and the role of blacks in gaining it
That story was surely erased, suppressed and ignored in the development of mainstream American memory; mainstream textbooks; mainstream public commemoration.
Most Americans still get their history from a few snippets out of television movies, schooling to some degree and there is a vast, vast ignorance out there……noted Yale historian David Blight
The upcoming months are important to telling the story of black troops. For years it just wasn’t mentioned.
When we’re not at the table telling our story, it doesn’t get told..Joe McGill S. C. Co. of the 54th
ERASE-ISM OF MEMORY OF “BLACK” CIVIL WAR SOLDIERS-SAILORS-CIVILIANS IS HUMAN RIGHTS DENIED AFRICAN AMERICAN DESCENDANTS
EQUAL HISTORY COMMEMORATIONS RESTORES RIGHTS AND MEMORY
Re-enacting is more than history and dates. It helps me understand the lineage I came from. Just think of what those gentlemen came through to help me…James Brown 50-year-old construction worker
WHAT’S YOUR UN-ERASE-ISM ROLE(S) / ACTION(S)?
PREPARE TO COMMEMORATE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR http://www.forksoftheroads.net/events/commemorate.htm
THIRD ANNUAL BLACK AND BLUE CIVIL WAR LIVING HISTORY PROGRAM Presenting the "BLACK EXPERIENCE" during the Civil War Natchez, Mississippi October 29-30, 2010 http://www.forksoftheroads.net/events/black-blue.pdf
Forks of the Roads Brochure Presentation of the History of the Forks of the Roads Slave Market Site(s) in Natchez, Mississippi Researched and written by Ser Seshs Ab Heter-Clifford M. Boxley Designed by By Renee Shakespeare http://issuu.com/forks/docs/forks_brochure_