Civil War & Emancipation Day

ABOUT THIS SPECIAL EVENT

Civil War & Emancipation Day (or, CWED) is a commemorative day marking the history & impact of the Civil War and the end of slavery in Richmond.

Civil War & Emancipation Day consists of cultural & tourism organizations, museums, historic sites, national parks, & educational institutions in RVA collaborating to create programs + activities that explore the Civil War, slavery, and emancipation. This annual, collaborative community-wide effort commemorates the anniversaries of key 1865 events:

THE CONFEDERATE EVACUATION OF RICHMOND (APRIL 2)

THE EMANCIPATION OF ENSLAVED RICHMONDERS & THE ARRIVAL OF US TROOPS (APRIL 3)

ABRAHAM LINCOLN’S TOUR OF THE CITY (APRIL 4)

Join us for a day of family-friendly storytelling, music, crafts, and a visit from Abe Lincoln himself! All events are included with Museum admission.

President Lincoln Speaks

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Program with Frinz Klein
Klein’s portrayal of Lincoln brings this American icon to life, blending his humor and humanity in thoroughly researched and historically accurate programs.


My Day with Abe Lincoln

Will be available to purchase in our store soon!

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Children’s program with Dr. Jonathan White. Did you know that Abraham Lincoln struggled with spelling for his entire life? Or that kids teased him on his first day of school because he wore a sunbonnet? Or that he almost died several times when he was a child? Join us for fun with author and historian Jonathan W. White as he shares these and other stories from his new book, My Day with Abe Lincoln. The program is geared toward children, but adults will enjoy it!


Performance by 8th GM Regimental Band

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Musical performance by  8thGM Regimental Band 
Using authentic 19th-century instruments and mouthpieces, the band plays popular patriotic airs, operatic selections, and dance tunes from the period. In between selections, learn about bands of the period, the music, and the instruments in this engaging and informative hour-long program.


President Lincoln Speaks

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Program with Frinz Klein
Klein’s portrayal of Lincoln brings this American icon to life, blending his humor and humanity in thoroughly researched and historically accurate programs.