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‘Forgotten Soldier’ Special Exhibition to Debut June 29 at American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
Submitted by Tracy Perkins

ForSold imageYORKTOWN, Va., May 24, 2019 — Discover personal stories of enslaved and free African Americans on both sides of the American Revolution and their contributions toward establishing an independent nation in "Forgotten Soldier," a new special exhibition opening June 29, 2019, at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

Rare documents and artifacts, interactives and compelling art, including a new contemporary work by nationally acclaimed artist Titus Kaphar, trace the experiences of African- American soldiers who took part in the American cause for a free and independent nation or took up arms for British forces in hopes of obtaining their own freedom.

The special exhibition, on display through March 22, 2020, illuminates the difficult choices and risks faced by African Americans during a revolutionary time in history and the varied and indispensable roles they played during the war and beyond.

Among the stories, learn about Crispus Attucks, a sailor formerly enslaved and of African and American Indian descent, who was the war's first casualty at the Boston Massacre, and later considered "the First Martyr of Liberty." Bristol Rhodes, an enslaved man who secured freedom by joining the Rhode Island Regiment, fought at the Siege of Yorktown in October 1781, and lost his left leg and one hand due to cannon fire. Thomas Carney, born free in Maryland, joined the 5th Maryland Regiment in 1777 and served as a Continental Army private in some of the most iconic battles of the war -- Brandywine, Germantown, Monmouth and Guilford Courthouse—receiving a cash bonus and 100 acres of bounty land for his service.

The exhibit will feature several important artifacts, including the Treaty of Paris, Article 7, New York, 1783 (on loan from the U.S. National Archives) and Dunmore’s Proclamation of 1775 (on loan from the Library of Congress). There will also be several hands-on, interactive experiences meant to showcase the history in a dynamic manner for guests of all ages.

Also featured will be the work of American contemporary artist and 2018 MacArthur Fellow, Titus Kaphar. His series entitled, "Forgotten Soldier,” reconfigures subjects in art history, often reinserting African Americans into familiar narratives of the past. This project has been in partnership with the Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center.

Visitors can connect with more African Americans in the Revolution and learn more about their wartime experiences through the museum’s free mobile app, available in both the Google Play and iTunes stores.

For more information, visit the museum’s website at: https://www.historyisfun.org/forgotten-soldier/


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