Civil War and Emancipation Day

 

Join us at Historic Tredegar on Saturday, April 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the eighth annual Civil War and Emancipation Day.
Free Parking.

Enjoy a variety of special events and programs, including walking tours, hands-on activities, living history, scholarly talks, and more. 

Participating Organizations:

CIVIL WAR & EMANCIPATION DAY
PROGRAM SCHEDULE

TIME DESCRIPTION
10:30 A.M.

Nicholas Coward, Acoustic guitar set

11:00 A.M.

Shifting Power and Politics in 1867; Michael Caires

Discover how the 1867 Military Reconstruction Act reshaped political power dynamics after the Civil War. How did the politics and policies coming out of Washington, DC impact post-War Americans, especially African Americans? What were the limits of these efforts, even 150 years later?
 

11:00 A.M.

The Cannon's Roar (Cannon Firing Demonstration)

Despite labor shortages and lack of materials Tredegar's workforce produced more than half of all the cannon made in the Confederacy. Join the cannoneers to learn the secrets of Tredegar's success and witness a live cannon firing.

Location: Living History Area behind the Pattern Building

11:30 A.M.

"We Claim the Right of Suffrage:" The Virginia Election of 1867; Gregg Kimball

The October 22, 1867, Virginia election for delegates to a constitutional convention fundamentally reshaped Virginia culture and politics for the rest of the 19th century. The election marked the first vote by African American men in Virginia, many of whom had been held as property just a few years before. Discover how this radical transformation from enslavement to citizenship resulted in the election of 24 African American delegates who, along with white allies, would institute remarkable reforms including universal public education.

12:00 P.M.

"Tell Them We Are Rising:" A Survey of the Educational Experience of Black People in Virginia, 1861-1870; Elvatrice Belsches

Explore the Freedmen's Bureau Schools in Virginia through the use of engaging narratives, primary documents, and rare photographs. What role did early black educators play in the period after the Civil War and Emancipation? 
 

12:30 P.M. Virginia Union University Choir
1:00 P.M. Keynote Remarks and Voices Program
1:30 P.M. City Dance Theatre
2:00 P.M.

Creating a New Virginia; Brent Tarter

The Constitutional Convention of 1867–1868 granted full equal citizenship rights to all freed people and created the first statewide system of free public schools. Explore how radical reformers dominated the convention and hoped to transform the former slave state into an egalitarian state.

2:00 P.M.

The Cannon's Roar (Cannon Firing Demonstration)

Despite labor shortages and lack of materials Tredegar's workforce produced more than half of all the cannon made in the Confederacy. Join the cannoneers to learn the secrets of Tredegar's success and witness a live cannon firing.

Location: Living History Area behind the Pattern Building

2:30 P.M.

Rethinking Moral and Religious Education in Reconstruction  RichmondChris Graham

As freed people fought for a presence in politics and public life after Emancipation, many of Richmond’s white Christians had to rethink how they understood the relationship between white and black people. Transformations in religious thinking fed the larger debate about education and politics, and shaped the future of freedom in Virginia. 
 

3:00 P.M.

"The Great American Traitor:" Jefferson Davis' Treason Trial; Brianna Kirk

Jefferson Davis led an effort to break up the United States, yet he never faced punishment or a trial for what many considered treason. Explore the post-War world to discover what forces led to Davis’ unexpected release from prison and the eventual dropping of treason charges.
 

3:00 P.M.

Forgotten Casualties of War: A Prisoner's Life on Belle Isle (Walking Tour)

Meet a park historian for an hour and a half guided walk and discover the uncertain fate that awaited thousands of Union prisoners sent to Belle Isle.

Tour group will meet in front of the Pattern Building near the N.P.S. arrowhead sign.

3:30 P.M. Soapbox Sisters; Quill Theatre 

 

NOTE: Programs in yellow are brief talks by speakers. All programs take place on the patio next to the Foundry Building unless otherwise noted. RAIN PLAN: Speaker talks will take place on the third floor of the Pattern Building.

Program schedule and details are subject to change.

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