Gospel Jubilee in Massachusetts to Celebrate African-American Contributions to the Civil War

Taking part in the Sesquicentennial Gospel Jubilee on Saturday, May 24, at the King Phillip Stockade in Springfield are, from left, Josephine Ross, Karon Tyler, Eric Griffin, Terry Hamner, Skallywag Hawkins, Ray McClam, Bill Griffin, Joyce Davis, and Commander Ron Brace.
Taking part in the Sesquicentennial Gospel Jubilee on Saturday, May 24, at the King Phillip Stockade in Springfield are, from left, Josephine Ross, Karon Tyler, Eric Griffin, Terry Hamner, Skallywag Hawkins, Ray McClam, Bill Griffin, Joyce Davis, and Commander Ron Brace.

If you appreciate great gospel singing, don’t miss the Sesquicentennial Gospel Jubilee on Saturday, May 24, at the King Phillip Stockade in Forest Park.

But there’s much more to the free event that will take place from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. It will include presenters on veteran service programs and the 54th Co. A of Boston, color guards and Civil War encampment, featuring The Peter Brace Brigade that was established to honor the African-American contribution to the Civil War effort to keep America united.

There will be singing groups, living history reenactors, a veterans’ information table, a blank firing, drill teams, youth drum corps, a barbecue exhibition and a book raffle.

Frederick Douglas and Harriet Tubman characters will make presentations.

Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Sesquicentennial Gospel Jubilee will acknowledge all who serve or who have served in the military, said Jay Griffin, program chairman for the event.

“African Americans have been serving in the (military) since the Revolutionary War,” he said. “We’ve come so far from slavery,” he added, mentioning an African American president and Massachusetts governor.

Griffin said he hoped the multi-faceted event would attract veterans and that while there they would learn about benefits available to them and their families.

The event will depict how soldiers in the Civil War lived.

Non-military men and women were camp followers and helped soldiers by taking care of the wounded, helping prepare food, mending clothes and helping build fortifications.

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Source: MassLive.com | Cori Urban | Special to The Republican 

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