A Celebration of Emancipation & the Abolitionist Movement in Maryland!
Freedom's Jubilee! is a free, family friendly, living history event at the historic Dahlgren Chapel in Middletown, MD.
Contact: Claude Bauer, 240-446-5607
The event coincides with Abraham Lincoln's preliminary release of the Emancipation Proclamation after the famous Civil War Battle of Antietam in 1862. "Freedom's Jubilee! features four skilled historical interpreters who will delve into the details of this unique regional history and bring it to life!" says event host Claude Bauer. "Visitors can also experience period music, period photography, and reenactors in 19th century attire, as well as a timeline of abolitionist/emancipation activity Maryland."
Presentations by historical interpreters portraying key abolitionists who contributed to the nation's struggle for Emancipation and freedom include:
FREDERICK DOUGLAS - Nathan M. Richardson is the energy behind The Frederick Douglass Speaking Tour, a living history performance that completely captures the physical, spiritual, and intellectual essence of the former slave, writer, orator, and famous abolitionist Frederick Douglass.
ABOLITIONIST JOHN BROWN - Portrayed by Doug Dobbs, a local high school history teacher for almost 20 years. For the last six years he has been researching and interpreting the Abolitionist John Brown and has led numerous tours of Harper's Ferry and the Kennedy Farm.
AFRICAN AMERICAN UNION SOLDIER - Ed Gantt is a graduate of Howard University and a retired US Navy Captain. He is also a living historian with the 23rd Regiment in Spotsylvania, VA, and Co. B, 54th Massachusetts Regiment. THADDEUS STEVENS - Ross Hetrick portrays Thaddeus Stevens, a fiercely dedicated abolitionist and one of the most powerful Congressmen in the nation, both during and after the Civil War.
Also, throughout the afternoon:
• Roy Wulf, a talented young musician who plays a variety of instruments will provide the 19th soundtrack for this event.
• Civil War photographer Matthew Brady is portrayed by Peter Vaselopulos.
ABOUT: Dahlgren Chapel is a historic site owned by the volunteer-run, nonprofit Central Maryland Heritage League (CMHL), which is not affiliated with any other group or organization.