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‘The African American Solider’ debuts at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

The African-American Solider exhibit is at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown on Nov. 9-10. (WYDaily/ Courtesy of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation)
The African-American Solider exhibit is at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown on Nov. 9-10. (WYDaily/ Courtesy of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation)

The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is opening a new event titled “The African-American Solider” this weekend.

The event is included in museum admission and is free for residents of York County, James City County and Williamsburg with proof of residency.

Students who attend the College of William & Mary also get free admission.

Attendees can expect to see first-person portrayals of soldiers in African-American regiments from the Revolutionary, Civil and World War II, a WWII radio show reminiscent of the Armed Forces Radio Service broadcast with African-American musicians and hands-on programming, according to the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation’s news release.

Shades of Our Past LLC will present the reenactments at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on both event days.

“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,” according to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown’s announcement. “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 addition, those who attend the featured exhibit can explore the museum’s outdoor Continental Army encampment, learn about the requirements and incentives for African-American soldiers to join the American and British military and see musket firing and medical techniques.

“The African-American Solider” event is at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, 200 Water St., on Nov. 9-10 from 9 am. to 5 p.m.

Regular tickets for adults cost $15, children ages 6-12 are $7.50 and those younger than 6 years old are free.

For more information about the event, visit the museum’s website.

Julia Marsigliano
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Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to julia@localvoicemedia.com. You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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