Friday, April 13, 2012

Civil War Emancipation Day This Saturday

This Saturday, April 14, will be a great day to be in Richmond!  That day is Civil War Emancipation Day commemorating the 150th anniversaries of the Civil War and the end of American slavery.  This citywide event is free and occurs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Many free events for all will be occurring throughout Richmond. The Virginia Historical Society will display an original copy of the 13th Amendment.  Dozens of free events at five locations will be connected by a free shuttle all day. Dance, musical performances, historical interpretations, and a guided tour of Richmond's Slave Trail are among the options spread among Historic Tredegar, Lumpkin's Jail, the Maggie Walker Historic Site, the Boulevard, and Court End.

The Museum of the Confederacy, the Valentine Richmond History Center, the American Civil War Center, and the 40-minute River District Canal Cruises will all feature FREE admission!  The Virginia Historical Society will also offer demonstrations of its Unknown No Longer database of Virginia slave names. Walking tours include Historic Jackson Ward at 2:30 p.m., and a 4-hour "Civil War Sampler" bus tour will be offered beginning at the Valentine Richmond History Center at 1 p.m.  That tour costs $25.  For additional information, call 804.788.6479 or visit www.civilwar.emancipationday.net.

Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument