Laura Lee, Fort Delaware State Park, 302-834-7941; Laura.Lee@state.de.us
Fort Delaware POW Weekend to include
African-American Civil War history
DELAWARE CITY (July 7, 2014) – This weekend, visiting living history groups and the fort’s interpretive staff will partner at Fort Delaware for its popular P.O.W. Weekend. On Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13, the weekend will feature living history presentations and special activities for all ages, with a focus on the role of African-Americans in Civil War history.
Re-enactors will debut a museum theater performance entitled “What is Freedom?” performed by Willis Phelps and Jamal Hall. The 3rd Regiment United States Colored Troops living history group will be on hand with demonstrations and a material culture exhibit, and Roberta Perkins will present an exhibit on her ongoing research into the presence of African-Americans at Fort Delaware. A living history performance of Charlotte Forten, a free black woman who was a prominent anti-slavery activist and teacher, will be presented by Valarie Petty Boyer.
Special presenters will also include Bob O'Connor, historian and author who has researched and written about the history of the United States Colored Troops (USCT). His recent studies have been concentrated on those who were prisoners of war in Confederate prisons. His talk will highlight Delaware USCT prisoners. Other weekend-long activities include musical performances, processing of new prisoners, mail call, and artillery and infantry drills
Access to Pea Patch Island is by ferry from either Delaware City or Salem, New Jersey. Ferry tickets cost $11 for adults, $6 for children 2 through 12, and $10 for seniors and Active Duty Military (with ID). Children under 2 are admitted free of charge. Visitors wishing to also travel from Delaware City to Fort Mott will incur an extra $1 fee.
Reservations are suggested, but visitors may purchase tickets on a first-come, first-served basis.Reservations may be made by calling 1-877- 987-2757 or visiting destateparks.com. Tickets may only be reserved 24 hours in advance, but walk-up tickets are available daily.
Vol. 44, No. 234