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|Black & Blue Civil War program slated Saturday at Jefferson College|
The Friends of the Forks of the Roads Society Inc.'s 5th Annual Black and Blue Civil War Living History program is slated Saturday, Oct. 13, at Historic Jefferson College in Washington, Miss., according to organizer Ser Seshsh Ab Heter-Clifford M. Boxley of Natchez.
The program kicks off at 11 a.m.
This year's event will remember 10 Mississippi Valley enslaved men and women who were among the thousands of runaway slaves in Mississippi and Louisiana who served with the Union Navy and Army in that war. The event will focus on runaway slaves on the Union Navy's Mississippi River Squadron (Memphis to New Orleans) ships who served as sailor and nurses.
For the Sesquicentennial commemoration of the Civil War, the program will bring alive through scripted narratives and role play five Adams County/Natchez, Miss., born male slaves who became Union Freedom Fighting Sailors in the summer of 1862. Natchez residents Royal Hill, Darrel White, Jamal McCullen, Samuel Fields and Ser Seshsh Ab Heter-Boxley as role players will wear Union replica sailor uniforms and tell stories of Union Navy sailors Aaron Lindsay, Rial Light, Henry Washington, Henry Jackson and Edward Johnson respectively.
Natchez residents Danielle Terrell, Juanita Searcy, Delores Basset, Jacqueline Marsaw, Crisceda Crawford and David Williams as role players wearing period dresses and a replica sailor uniform will tell stories of Union Army and Navy nurses, including:
Warren County, Miss., Rose Gipson-Russell; Jefferson County, Miss., Phillis Reed; St. Louis, Mo., born Catherine Thomas; Virginia born Amanda Wright; Rutherford County, Tenn., born Ann Bradford-Stokes; and Warren County, Miss., Gilbert Stokes respectively. Ann Bradford-Stokes was reportably the first female officially enlisted as a Navy nurse on Emancipation Proclamation Day January 1, 1863 on the Yazoo River above Vicksburg and she earned a U. S. pension, according to Boxley.
Natchez resident Barbara "Black Dot" Williams will act out her own rendition of Civil War Sheroe Susie King Taylor.
Melissa Waddy-Thibodeaux of Houston Texas, will perform her long standing portrayal of Civil War Sheroe Harriet Tubman, a spy, Intelligence Officer and nurse. Her performance will be the highlight of the day's program honoring Black Women Union Nurses who served in the Mississippi Valley during the Civil War.
Natchez residents David Dreyer, Karlyn Ritchie and Andrea Cater and Vicksburg National Military Park's David Slay will portray Union Navy white officers and Holy Cross Sisters of Notre Dame.
Dr. Artemus Gaye, an Adjunct Faculty Member at Benedictine University, and a descendant of West African Prince Adul Rahman Ibrahima, will be in attendance at the event, Boxley said. Gaye lives in Chicago, Illinois. Ibrahima, who was 40 years in captivity and enslaved on Greenwood Plantation in Washington Miss., won his freedom in 1828.
Born in Liberia in West Africa, Gaye discovered while doing genealogical research that he was a descendant of Ibrahima, his Christian wife Isabella Sori Mawdho and their children, all slaves of Thomas Foster. He recently established The Prince Ibrahima and Isabella Freedom Foundation (PIIFI).
MAAFA will honor enslaved ancestors at Natchez Under-the-Hill (foot of Silver Street) at 6:30 a.m. on Oct. 13.
For more information call Boxley at 601-442-4719 or email email@example.com.
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