With A Torch in Their Souls: The United States Colored Troops in the Civil War – September 1864

Posted by | September 25, 2013

Voices From the Earth Chautauqua Symposium —

The community is invited to engage in, observe, and explore the ideas of historical figures Frederick Douglass, Martin Delany, Capt. Luis Emilio, and Robert Smalls as Voices from the Earth, a traveling historical theatre company based in Thomas, WV, presents a series of historical symposiums September 26, 27 and 28.

Major Martin Delany, of the 104th USCT. Photo courtesy Ilene Evans.

Major Martin Delany, of the 104th USCT. Photo courtesy Ilene Evans.

These West Virginia symposiums commemorate the 150th year of the battle for freedom in the American Civil War by featuring scholars and storytellers who explore ideas about equality, justice, race, class and gender in 1864. These symposiums are free and open to the public.

The first symposium will be held Thursday, September 26 at Fairmont State University in Colebank Hall from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Greater St. Paul AME Church will host the second symposium on Friday, September 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at its location on 61 Beechurst Avenue in Morgantown. The final symposium is hosted by the Marion County Historical Society on Saturday, September 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Fleming Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1493 Locust Avenue, in Fairmont. These programs are supported by the West Virginia Humanities Council and Fairmont State Student Affairs.

Each day includes historical portrayals, lectures, a scholars’ panel, and small and large group discussion. These Chautauqua-style symposiums are led by Capt. Hari Jones, Col. James Armstead, Professor Charles Everett Pace, Baba Jamal Koram and Joey Madia., seasoned professors and teachers as well as engaging storytellers and actors. Have you ever wanted to listen in on the conversation of famous people from the past? Here is a chance!

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