Join us this February for programs that celebrate Black History Month:
Immortal Valor: The Black Medal of Honor Winners of World War II; Virtual author event with Robert Child.
Friday, February 4 at 2:00 pm, via Zoom. Free. Register here
This is the remarkable story of the seven African American soldiers ultimately awarded the World War II Medal of Honor, and the 50-year campaign to deny them their recognition. In 1945, when Congress began reviewing the record of the most conspicuous acts of courage by American soldiers during World War II, they recommended awarding the Medal of Honor to 432 recipients. Despite the fact that more than one million African-Americans served, not a single black soldier received the Medal of Honor. The omission remained on the record for over four decades. Ultimately, in 1993 a US Army commission determined that seven men, including Baker, Rivers and Thomas, had been denied the Army’s highest award simply due to racial discrimination. In 1997, more than 50 years after the war, President Clinton finally awarded the Medal of Honor to these seven heroes, sadly all but one of them posthumously.
Douglass & Lincoln: “Race in America: From the Civil War to 21st Century America”
Tuesday, February 15 at 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, via Zoom. Free. Register here
This unique virtual event will feature special appearances by noted period reenactors representing famed 19th century abolitionist Frederick Douglass and President Abraham Lincoln. This two-hour webinar event have closed captioning with the ability for questions and answers to be submitted.
Join famed Douglass reenactor Michael Crutcher and renowned Lincoln reenactor Howard Wright as they spend an evening exploring the depths of American agitation, the challenge of race during the Civil War Era, and the 21st Century roots that continue to bind us to our past. The evening will be moderated by Dr. Matthew Warshauer, professor of History at Central Connecticut State University.
Sponsored by the Avon Historical Society, Avon Free Public Library and Avon Congregational Church, who thank an anonymous donor for providing the funding for this program.