Vienna Carroll and Keith Johnson Perform
Sun Jan 29 1 and 3 pm (Two 30-minute performances)
A Road to Freedom: Black Sailors and Soldiers
Sergeant Simeon Tierce, along with 13 other men from The Hills, an all Black town in Westchester, enlisted in the 14th Rhode Island Regiment of the United States Colored Troops (USCT) in the fall of 1863. They served in Louisiana, meeting there Southern Black men who had escaped from slavery and stayed on to fight in what all referred to as their "Holy War."
Here Mama Lene and Nate, time travelers from The Hills, tell stories of the Black soldiers and sailors of the USCT through documented excerpts of Sergeant Tierce's letters to his wife.
Sun February 12 1 and 3 pm Gallery (Two 30-minute performances)
Harriet Tubman, Freedom Fighter and Civil War Hero
Harriet Tubman was the first woman to lead an armed expedition in the Civil War — the Combahee River Raid. On June 2, 1863, Tubman, with information gathered from her spy network, guided three Union ships containing 150 Black men from the United States Colored Troops (USCT) 2nd South Carolina, past water mines up the Combahee River in South Carolina, to capture and destroy a ferry which provided transport to and from the richest plantations of the region. As part of this brave expedition, they freed over 750 slaves.
In this segment, Mama Lene and Nate, time travelers from The Hills, recountTubman's description of this historic event at an abolition meeting they attended.