Weekend Programs Complement ‘Forgotten Soldier’ Special Exhibition
YORKTOWN, Va., November 4, 2019 – The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown will salute “The African-American Soldier” with a special weekend event on Saturday and Sunday, November 9 & 10, featuring first-person portrayals, a World War II radio show and hands-on history programs illustrating stories often overlooked in our nation’s military history.
The event is held in conjunction with the “Forgotten Soldier” special exhibition, on display through March 22, 2020, sharing personal stories of African Americans on both sides of the American Revolution and their contributions toward establishing an independent nation. Rare documents and artifacts, interactives and compelling art trace the experiences of African-American soldiers who took part in the American cause for a free and independent nation or took up arms for British forces in hopes of obtaining their own freedom.
In honor of their service across history in the United States armed forces, “The African-American Soldier” event features first-person portrayals of soldiers in African-American military regiments from the Revolutionary War, Civil War and World War II exploring the varied and indispensable role of African Americans in each of these military conflicts. Programs, presented by Shades of Our Past LLC, will be held each day at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
The weekend event concludes at 4 p.m. Sunday with a Radio Show Jubilee, featuring African-American musicians and singers reminiscent of a World War II radio show broadcast by the Armed Forces Radio Service from 1942 to 1953. Conceived in part as a morale-building service for African Americans serving overseas during World War II, the radio show was performed before a live audience and featured a medley of entertainment.
In the museum’s outdoor Continental Army encampment, visitors can learn about requirements and incentives for African-American soldiers used by American and British forces. Visitors have an opportunity to enlist and explore camp living quarters, witness demonstrations of musket-firing and medical techniques, and delve into the art of espionage.
The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, located 200 Water Street, in Yorktown is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The museum tells the story of the nation’s founding, from the twilight of the colonial period to the dawn of the Constitution and beyond. Comprehensive indoor exhibits and outdoor living history capture the transformational nature and epic scale of the Revolution and its relevance today.
“The African-American Soldier” event is included with museum admission: $15.00 for adults, $7.50 for ages 6-12, and free for children under 6. Residents of York County, James City County and the City of Williamsburg, including William & Mary students, receive free admission with proof of residency. A value-priced combination ticket and annual pass are available with Jamestown Settlement. For more information, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838.