The Beaufort History Museum is mounting an exhibit about the first former slaves to be officially recognized as Union soldiers in the Civil War. These soldiers were mustered in on the same day they were given their freedom, as part of a jubilee at the reading here of the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. Robert Smalls helped convince President Abraham Lincoln that they would be able troops, and there is evidence that the proclamation was hurried to accommodate their enlistment. In addition, the museum will help conduct a showing of the movie “Glory,” which closely follows the story of the 54th and 1st S.C. Volunteers.
OPENING GALA, EXHIBIT
Time and date: Opening Gala, September 5, 2013.
Exhibit open Tuesday through Thursday, 10-12 p.m., 2-4 p.m., September -December.
Location: Beaufort History Museum at City Hall, 1911 Boundary St., Beaufort, SC 29902
Price: $3 per person for exhibit; price for opening to be announced.
Contact info: Call Katherine Lang, Beaufort History Museum.
Description: Historian and 54th Massachusetts Regiment re-enactor Joseph McGill will introduce the movie, “Glory,” and discuss how closely it follows what we know about the 54th & the 1st SC Volunteers.
Time and Date: 7 p.m., Friday, September 20, 2013
Location: City Council Chamber, Beaufort City Hall, Beaufort, SC 29902
Price: To be determined
Contact info: Katherine Lang, Beaufort History Museum.
1ST S.C. VOLUNTEERS ENCAMPMENT
Description: Joseph McGill and between 5 and 10 other re-enactors will create an encampment as the 1st SC Volunteers
Time and date: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, September 21, 2013
Location: Naval Hospital Park (near the Port Royal Farmers’ Market), off Ribaut Road, Port Royal, SC.
Our mission is to preserve, promote and interpret the experiences of our past that influence us now and in the future.
The Beaufort History Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 713 Craven Street, Beaufort, SC 29902