The United States Colored Troops made up over 10% of the Union or Northern Army and 25% of the Union Navy. Yet, only one percent of the Northern population was African American. Clearly overrepresented in the military, African Americans played a decisive role in the Civil War. In the Hills community in Westchester, NY 37 men of the 191 residents enlisted in the U.S. Colored Troops (all the able-bodied men).
Vienna Carroll & Keith Johnston Performance Residency
October 2016 – February 2017
“The Westchester Hills Community & The Civil War”
Inspired by the Red Grooms Civil War exhibit
Hudson River Museum
511 Warburton Avenue
Yonkers, NY (directions)
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
For more information see: http://HarlemRiverMuseum.org/exhibits/upcoming.html
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