United States Colored Troops Living History Assoc. Conference
The United States Colored Troops Living History Association’s annual national meeting will be October 19-21 in Clarksville, TN at Riverview Inn, 50 College Street.
Events include: The UNITED STATES COLORED TROOPS LIVING HISTORY ASSOCIATION is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote and accurately interpret the history of the United States Colored Troops of the American Civil War and those that supported their efforts to abolish slavery and preserve the Union and to educate the public and promote research of the history and legacy of those who served in the Civil War. It serves as a support organization for United States Colored Troops (USCT) Organizations (reenactors and living history presenters) and assist them by marketing and publicizing their organizations' contributions to recognizing and honoring our Civil War ancestors.
Friday, Oct. 19: Re-enactors will visit local schools to talk about the role of USCT in the Civil War and to discuss the everyday life of Civil War soldiers. They will be at Northeast Middle and High schools at 9 and 10 a.m., at Tabernacle Christian School at 11 a.m., and at Rossview High School throughout the morning.
• Friday, Oct. 19: Hari Jones, assistant director and curator of the African-American Civil War Freedom Foundation and Museum, and David Slay, Civil War authority employed by the Vicksburg National Military Park, will both speak at a free reception at the Austin Peay State University African-American Cultural Center from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Jones is one of the foremost authorities on the role of African-Americans in the Civil War, and Slay manages the USS Cairo site at Vicksburg. Their talks are scheduled to begin at 1:15 p.m.
• Saturday, Oct. 20: Civil War historian David H. Slay will speak on "United States Colored Troops in the Middle Mississippi Valley" in the afternoon session, which begins at 2 p.m. in the Montgomery Room of the Riverview Inn.
• Saturday, Oct. 20: Hari Jones will be the keynote speaker for the convention banquet to be held at Morgan University Center on the campus of APSU at 6:30 p.m. Cost to attend the banquet is $25 a person ($20 for USCTLHA members) and is open to the public. Tickets may be purchased through the Clarksville-Montgomery County Arts and Heritage Development Council website,www.artsandheritage.us , through Oct. 15.
• Saturday, Oct: 20: U.S. Colored Troop re-enactors along with local Civil War re-enactors will gather at the APSU McCord parking lot (College Street) at 5:30 p.m. to form a processional to the Morgan University Center for the banquet, which marks the conclusion of the conference.
• Sponsors include: Mount Olive Historical Preservation Society, Clarksville/Montgomery County Arts and Heritage Development Council, APSU Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society, Inc., Clarksville-Montgomery County Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, and the Office of APSU President Tim Hall.