The unsung participation of African Americans in the Revolutionary War will be examined in an online panel discussion Saturday, March 13 at 10 a.m. The virtual discussion, “Seeking Liberty in Halifax,” is a preview for an exhibit of the same name that will open at Historic Halifax State Historic Site April 12.
“It is important to show the role of Historic Halifax in the lead up to the Revolutionary War, and to show that African American soldiers fought in that war,” Site Manager Carl Burke explains. “With the online discussion in March and the exhibit opening in April we will expand understanding of that turbulent time.
Participants in the virtual program include John Rees, author of “They Were Good Soldiers — African Americans Serving in the Continental Army 1775-1783;” Jerome Bias, historian, historic interpreter and foodways expert, highlighting a lesser-known freedom-seeking narrative; and historic interpreter Frank McMahon, who will present a preview of the “Seeking Liberty in Halifax” exhibit. Dr. Leslie McKesson will moderate a question and answer period after the presentations.
The “Seeking Liberty in Halifax” traveling exhibit focuses on African Americans in the Revolutionary War and also highlights freedom seekers on the underground railroad in antebellum times.
Historic Halifax is partnering with Freedom Roads, a statewide program recognizing the roads, rivers and ports crucial to the enslaved seeking freedom, to present the virtual forum. To join the March 13 Zoom presentation, visit https://zoom.us/j/99966257497.
For additional information on the virtual program and exhibit, please call (252) 583-7191. Historic Halifax is located at 25 S. David St., Halifax, N.C., and open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Masks and social distancing are required. Historic Halifax is part of the Division of State Historic Sites within the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.