Civil War and Emancipation Day


Join us at Historic Tredegar for the 10th annual Civil War and Emancipation Day.

Saturday, April 6, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
500 Tredegar Street, Richmond

Uncover the many stories of how the Civil War, Emancipation, and their legacies shaped and continue to impact our community. In particular,

join us to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the public education system in Virginia.


People of all ages can explore the past and present through hands-on activities, living history, and performances featuring a wide selection of community

partners from Greater Richmond. Free, unless otherwise noted. 

Free parking. Food trucks 11a.m. to 3 p.m.



Ongoing:    Partner activities and living history

11:00 am:    Cannon firing demonstration

11:30 am:    Jamar Jones, storyteller (Quill Theatre)
                    Historic Tredegar walking tour (American Civil War Museum)

12:00 pm:    Virginia Union University choir

12:30 pm:    City Dance Theatre

1:00 pm:     “Then & Now: Teaching the Civil War Era” panel discussion ($10; $8 for Members; $5 for students and teachers) Click here to buy tickets.  

                       For most people, the first -- and sometimes only -- place they learn about the Civil War is in school. Explore how both the teaching and our understanding of history shape each other,  

                       and what that might mean for teaching the next generation of students. Featuring: Lauranett Lee, Ph.D. (University of Richmond), Donovan Livingston (educator and poet), Atif Qarni

                       (Virginia Secretary of Education), and Kathryn Shively, Ph.D. (Virginia Commonwealth University).

1:30 pm:     Shenandoah Valley Civil War Era Dancers
                    Brown’s Island Walking Tour with ranger Mike Gorman (Richmond National Battlefield Park)

2:00 pm:     Dylan Pritchett, storyteller

2:30 pm:     Valerie Davis, living history performer

3:00 pm:     Cannon firing demonstration



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