Lecture planned about black Civil War troops

info@islandpacket.comMay 22, 2013 

The Mitchelville Preservation Project and Hilton Head Island Land Trust will host a lecture by Asa Gordon on the legacy of U.S. black troops who served in the Civil War.

Many of the soldiers served on Hilton Head and played a role in protecting Mitchelville, the nation's first freed-slaves' village. The program will begin at 5:15 p.m. May 31 at the former Cherry Hill School, at the corner of Beach City and Dillon roads.

Following the program, a remembrance will be held at Fort Howell off Beach City Road for the troops who built the fort in 1864. Members of the Hilton Head Island High School JROTC will participate in a flag-lowering ceremony at dusk.

Details: www.mitchelvillepreservationproject.com or call 843-255-7301.

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