The Union & the Confederacy in Westchester: African Americans and the Civil War
Simeon Tierce and his wife, Sarah Jane, leading residents of the African American Westchester community called “The Hills” reflect on Lincoln’s defeat in Westchester. Performed by Vienna Carroll and Keith Johnston. A play using storytelling and song to present the African American perspective on the Civil War and featuring The Hills community.
This presentation is part of a series about “The Westchester Hills Community & The Civil War” inspired by the Red Grooms Civil War exhibit at the Hudson River Museum. Learn more about the grand history of the African American experience in the Civil War through the human story of the resilient and heroic African American community–The Hills Community–in Westchester County, NY. Perfect for all children and adults living in Westchester County and the greater New York City area.
Thank you to Dr Edythe Ann Quinn for bringing The Hills community ancestors out of the shadows through her book Freedom Journey: Black Civil War Soldiers and The Hills Community, Westchester County, New York by historian/author Dr. Edythe Ann Quinn. Read first chapter.
This Wednesday come explore:
· the larger-than-life, walk-through scenes created by Red Grooms;
· experience the story with theater and music (30 minutes at 1pm and 3pm);
· see additional exhibits of paintings by Red Grooms, the Civl War and more.
Get a combined rail and admission discount ticket (Buy at Grand Central Terminal/Harlem-125th Street: adults, $17.25; seniors, $12.50; children 12-16, $14.25; children 5-11, $3; children under 5, free. See Metro North schedule from Grand Central, NYC to Glenwood Station & return. Price from other stations & Schedule.)
*African Americans and the Civil War: A Series will be presented at the Hudson River Museum from October 2016 – February 2017. There are seven performances, See below for full schedule and download in PDF format.
Sun. October 16: 1 and 3pm, Gallery (Two 30-minute performances)
Mr. Lincoln in Peekskill
Members from The Hills’ Methodist-Episcopal Zion Church of Colored People attend President Lincoln’s Peeksill speech.
Wed. October 19: 1:30 pm, Arts in the Afternoon
The Union & the Confederacy in Westchester
Simeon Tierce and his wife, residents of the African American Westchester community called “The Hills” reflect on Lincoln’s defeat in Westchester.
Sun. October 23: 1 and 3pm, Family Day (Two 30-minute performances)
Generals, Gentlemen and the Draft
Despite draft riots and heated opposition, Simeon Tierce of The Hills community decides to enlist. Performance followed by talk/Q&A about the general terms of conscription and the Westchester Draft Riots.
Sun. November 13: 1 and 3pm, Gallery (Two 30-minute performances)
Title: Lady Spies and the Slave Grapevine
A formerly enslaved fugitive from Maryland describes her life as the lady’s maid of a secret Union sympathizer to her new friends in The Hills.
Sun. December 11: 1 and 3pm, Gallery
Fredrick Douglass, Freedman and Abolitionist
Frederick Douglass attends an Abolition meeting at the Methodist-Episcopal Zion Church of Colored People in The Hills.
Sun. January 29: 1 and 3pm, Gallery (Two 30-minute performances)
A Road to Freedom: Black Sailors and Soldiers
Letters from Sergeant Simeon Tierce of The Hills Community to his wife
Sun. February 12: 1 and 3pm, Gallery (Two 30-minute performances)
Harriet Tubman, Freedom Fighter and Civil War Hero
The Hills’ Methodist-Episcopal Zion Church of Colored People honor “Moses” Harriet Tubman after the Combahee River Raid
Download a schedule of all seven performances of African Americans and the Civil War: A Series