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A Colourful Journey Through Hallowed Grounds Living Heritage Bus Tour

10/20/2018 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm


African American Heritage Trail (AAHT) Comes to Life for A Day in History –
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Spotsylvania, Virginia – The John J. Wright Educational and Cultural Center Museum is pleased to announce A Colorful Journey Through Hallowed Ground Living Heritage Bus Tour on Saturday, October 20, 2018. The three-hour tour transports travelers along the African American Heritage Trail (AAHT) and engages through multimedia, tour guides, interpretive performers, hands on activity and exhibits. The interactive tour focuses on significant historical and cultural assets within Spotsylvania, County from its 1720 founding to present day; attributed to the African American Experience. The Historic event kicks off at 9:00 am at the John J. Wright Museum located at 7565 Courthouse Road, Spotsylvania, VA 22551.

The AAHT was developed under a Preserve America Grant from the National Park Service in March 2010. An archaeological survey under the grant provide support of contributions by Americans of African Descent to Spotsylvania’s heritage and provide the material content for the county’s newly developed African American Heritage Driving Trail (AAHT). The Heritage Trail which opened to the public in 2015 and its digital application encourage visitors to explore, discover and experience historic African American events, people and places along The Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Scenic Byway.

One Day Only – The African American Heritage Trail Comes to Life
Over 400 years ago, Colonist arrived in America. Upon arrival, the struggle of survival and the forge for freedom begun for the Natives, Colonist and their Precious Human Cargo. In January 1977 the first episode of the mini-series, Roots: The Saga of an American Family aired on ABC. The series, based upon the novel of the same name authored by Alex Haley shares the history of his African ancestors and their arrival and experiences in the New World. This renowned mini-series brought Spotsylvania County, Virginia considerable attention and provided America with a modern lens into the African American Experience and Colourful Heritage.

Spotsylvania is also home to James Farmer, Civil Rights Leader and Co-founder of Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) who moved to the Massaponax area in 1980’s. James practiced non-violent civil disobedience that lead to widespread sit-ins across America promoting voter registration drives, organized Freedom rides to protest segregation and taught at Mary Washington University until his passing in 1991.

A Colorful Journey Through Hallowed Ground Living Heritage Bus Tour is an exploration of History of Americans of African descent from Spotsylvania County’s 1721 incorporation to present. Travel along the African American Heritage Trail. Explore the Historic District. Experience Historical Battlegrounds. Discover the African American Experience through real-life stories of triumphs amidst the struggle for freedom and equality through audience driven presentations, first person interactions and multi-media engagement.

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On this tour you will learn the hidden legacy of the African American influence and direct contributions to the development and growth of Spotsylvania, Virginia. The event opens with a Libation Ceremony to honor African Ancestors followed by Greetings from the JJW Museum Board of Directors and honored guests.

Then, its off to board the modern day “Stagecoach” for a three-hour Colorful Journey through hallowed grounds. Journey by motor coach to various sites along the trail and enjoy some of Virginia’s beautiful fall foliage, be engaged through entertaining multi-media and fun docent driven games and history trivia.

Stop #1 – 2 Survival

Touring the Historic District, Courthouse and County Jail. At this stop, history on governing laws and legislation and the growth of the Underground Railroad is shared through living history performances, song, and site presentations.

Stop #3 Perseverance

Travelers are greeted by Soldiers of Civil War Past and learn firsthand of the successful campaign executed by the 23rd United States Colored Troops. Many of the troops in the unit would face once slave owners on the battlefield in their fight for freedom.

Stop #4 Hope

See if you are smarter than a fifth grader during this leg of the tour. Here exploration is on the obstacles over come by the county’s new citizens of African descent and the triumph to higher learner, voting rights and the roles women played within the movement.

Stop #5 Resilience

This is the last leg of the journey. At this stop visitors discover the courage of breaking from segregation and the unyielding strive for equality. Discover engaging exhibits, digital oral histories and learn about the African American Experience through rhythms of Dance and Drum. This is an audience driven engagement. Fun and entertaining for all ages and level of fitness and there is Cake for the winner of the “Cake Walk!”

Mark you calendars and come spend the day on A Colourful Journey through Hallowed Ground. You will never look at history the same. For more information or to volunteer contact the events coordinator, Denise Benedetto at 540-732-0177 or by email benedetto0401@aol.com

Reserve you seat. Space is limited. This is a rain or shine event.


9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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John J. Wright Educational and Cultural Center Musem
7565 Courthouse Road
Spotsylvania, VA 22551 United States
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