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February 1, 2014
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
SoNo Friends of NPL Community Room
10 Washington St.
Norwalk, CT 06854
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Jordan Freeman: African American in the Revolutionary War

Saturday, February 1, 2014

The South Norwalk Branch Library will present Kevin Johnson as Jordan Freeman, an African-American servant of John Ledyard and the body servant of Col. William Ledyard in the Revolutionary War, 11:00 - Noon, Saturday, February 1, 2014.

Jordan Freeman was an actual person, a native of Old Lyme.  Although he did not enlist himself, he witnessed key events of the war for independence while with Col. Ledyard.  Historians estimate the number of black soldiers in this war to have been about 5,000 men, serving in militias, seagoing services, and support activities, including nearly 500 from Connecticut.  Some enlisted because they felt it was their duty; others because they were offered their freedom in return for satisfactory completion of a set period of service.  The presentation is based on extensive research in the collections of the Connecticut State Library and the Museum of Connecticut History in Hartford.

Kevin Johnson, an employee of the State Library’s History and Genealogy Unit, will answer questions about the Freeman and the Revolutionary War after the presentation.  In addition to portraying Jordan Freeman, he has been presenting as William Webb, a soldier in the Civil War, for more than 14 years and has given more than 450 presentations.  He will also answer questions about Webb and the Civil War as well.

This presentation is made possible by Harris for Board of Education campaign fund and the Connecticut Heritage Foundation. This Program is free and open to the public. It will take place in the South Norwalk Branch Library Friends of the Library Community Room. Registration is required and is available online or by calling 203.899.2790 x15902.