Nov 23, 2008
The Sons of Union Veterans and the U.S. Volunteers have contacted U.S.Colored Troops units about participation in the Presidential Inaugural Parade. November 5th was the deadline for units to submit applications to participate to the Armed Forces Inaugural Committee. A lot of planning still needs to be done around staging and transportation logistics. As a whole, a Civil War impression a consisting of a full brigade of period Infantry, horse drawn Artillery and Cavalry is being requested, planned for, and sought.
It's was a very busy fall.The demand for our participation has been encouraging. The Regiment has had to resort to sending contingents to attend different events scheduled on the same day, or supplementing our numbers with the 3rd and 22nd USCT to have a good showing. Sometimes a Civil War and Revolutionary War events are scheduled for the same day, so we split the group according to who participates in the respective periods. Most of our re-enactors in Rev War come from the USCT regiments to form up as the 1st Rhode Island Regiment. A list of our fall activities can is at our website with links to video clips or pictures.
The unvailing of the Oh Freedom! , an exhibit about African-Americans during the American Revolution and its aftermath was a moving and inspiratioal event. A highlight of the event was the perfomance of Fred Minus, who portrayed Negro Prime whose manumission by the New Jersey legislature (Act 70, "An Act for setting free Negro Prime") on November 21, 1786, was celebrated by the event.
Nov 19, 2008
Oh Freedom! Blacks on the Battlefront and in the Aftermath of the American Revolutionary War in New Jersey
On Friday November 21st,the traveling exhibit, Oh Freedom! Blacks on the Battlefront and in the Aftermath of the American Revolutionary War in New Jersey will be unveiled!
This unique exhibit is the culmination of nearly five years of research into the role that African Americans played in the many battles that happened in New Jersey. The unveiling will be at 11:30 AM At the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton, NJ
The date commemorates the signing of An Act for Setting Free Negro Prime by the New Jersey Legislature on November 21, 1786. He was a runaway slave who escaped from his loyalist owner and joined the American army. He petitioned for his freedom after the War.
State Archives will display the actual petition for Negro Prime's
Nov 15, 2008
This weekend the Old Barracks Museum is celebrating the building and occupation of the Old Barracks in Trenton New Jersey, during the French and Indian War. Members of the 1st Rhode Island Regiment reenactors will participate to represent the African-American presence during this period. Periodically live video clips of the event will be shown at the 1stRI's sister regiment's site http://6thusct.googlepages.com/6thusctlive.