Sunday, November 4, 2012


The incredible magic of that very special day of celebration on September 22 continues to fill our hearts. Please see the links below to keep the story circulating.

A Blog Post from Robert Nieweg of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The NTHP was a co-sponsor of this historic commemoration and Rob walked the river in honor of those who took that very important first step in 1862.

A video produced by Pastor Nathaniel Harpe of the Providence Baptist Church. Pastor Harpe was an active participant and one of three readers of the names of men born in Culpeper who left to become members of the United States Colored Troops.

A video produced by Luigi Bennedetto in honor of the remarkable event of 1862 and the almost equally remarkable first-ever celebration on the 150th Anniversary in 2012.

Please pass along to your friends and family.

Sunday, September 23, 2012


It was simply an incredible day. With 2-300 in attendance, the weather was spectacular, the choir melodious and the speakers enlightening.  The message was simply inspirational.
The photos here are by John Hennessy his full story is linked below.

I know many of you were there in spirit despite not being able to be with us in body; but much will reverberate from these short three hours of commemoration. Including the plans to repeat and expand the event next year. Go ahead and mark your calendars for Saturday August 17, 2013.

Several of us had difficulty leaving the site after all was over and fooled no one by declaring we were cleaning up.  I made it home about 3 and put my feet up for a cat nap. I awoke at 5:30.
I have found myself reliving each and every moment in supreme joy and thinking of ways to further this remarkable story.  Yep, already working on a couple and will keep you posted.

Take a minute or two and check these sites for the current postings, photos and articles.  Then send all far and wide to your email list, Facebook, etc.  I will post more as they appear.

Until we meet again, be well. 



Friday, September 7, 2012




Crossing the Rappahannock: A Pilgrimage to Freedom
Saturday, September 22
9 AM - Noon

"Imagine the faith, will, and courage that fueled this remarkable quest for freedom."

The excitement is rising (and hopefully the river will not) as the plans for the September 22nd event are coming to fruition. Despite the fact that during the last 149 years, this happening at this site has never been celebrated, we are joyfully on the path to remedying that mistake and sharing this life-changing event.

Check this site often for updates, links and related events. see the latest flier
The African American Heritage Alliance determined not to let the another year pass without recognizing the inspirational symbolism of Courage and Will so very evident in the accomplishment of the slaves who risked their lives to seek out freedom in August of 1862. Learn more about the history.

However, without the aid and support of numerous co-sponsors this endeavor would not be possible.  Please review the list of all the current CO-SPONSORS. Where there are websites available, they have been listed. Please visit those sites and when the opportunity presents itself, please express your gratitude!

The day will be enriched with the wonderful voices of the River Bank Choir. Click here to learn how you could add your voice.

Have you heard that there will be a recreation of the 1862 crossing? Are you thinking that you might want to be a part of that activity but don't know what is involved? Learn more about The River Walkers.

Directions: Please respect the privacy of the property owners and refrain from visiting this farm before or after this event without seeking permission.  We are most grateful that they have opened their land and their hearts to this opportunity. Click here.