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"Footsteps to Freedom" at National Park Service Historic Village

Location: Appomattox
April 10, 2015
113 National Park Drive
Appomattox, VA 24522
(434) 352-8987

Free admission. This ceremonial program invites us to think about emancipation as an outcome of the war. Unlike the theoretical ideas that inspired the Emancipation Proclamation, Lee's surrender led to Emancipation Realized.

There will be a choir singing for about 20 minutes leading up to the formal program.

Hannah Reynolds was the only civilian casualty of the fighting which occurred around the village on the morning of April 9, 1865. She was an enslaved woman who missed emancipation by only a few hours. This ceremony will take the form of a funeral for Ms. Reynolds, including a horse drawn hearse, pallbearers, and a choir. This service will provide the opportunity to eulogize her life and the institution that died with her. The program will end with the hearse rolling in the direction of her home, along the Stage Road through the village, and the lighting of 4,599 luminaries representing each person emancipated in Appomattox as a result of the surrender.

Presented by Appomattox Court House National Historical Park in conjunction with the Carver-Price Legacy Museum.

Hours: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

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