To Die Free

Renowned living historians from the Hannibal Guard will present an immersive living history program at Historic Richmond Town’s Main Village site on Saturday and Sunday, March 30th and 31st. The weekend- long event will showcase the important contributions of African American soldiers during the American Civil War. The program focuses on the service of the 20th USCT and the individuals who served in it. Visitors can experience a mock recruiting station housed in the General Store, where neighbors frequently met each other in the 1860s. There, one can imagine the transformation of citizen farmer, clerk or businessman to solider. The dynamic of white officer, black solider and the local citizens of the Union League who supported them can be explored fully in this hands-on program. · Experience enlistment as freed people, farmers, school teachers and artisans become citizen soldiers. · Witness the soldiers drill and learn the power of their firearms. · Discuss with experts the racial tensions that existed during the mid-part of the 19th century and how those struggles shaped a nation.