Tour - Virginia's Hidden Stories of Bravery and Freedom

February 27, 2021 - 9:45 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Multiple Locations

Join us as we embark on a journey through history. We will start at the site were Gabriel’s rebellion was launched. From there, we will travel forward though time to explore and examine stories of bravery and freedom purposely hidden.

General Tour Information

  • This tour will be a combination of car and walking. The walking portions of the tour WILL require you to be socially distant (12 feet apart) and WILL require you to wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose. Please make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes.
  • If the weather is inclement, then you will be notified 24 hours in advance via the email you used to register for the event.
  • 24 hours prior to the event, a conference call number will be provided for you to listen to the tour as we drive between locations. At any point if you would prefer to stay in your car, your can still listen to the tour on the conference call number.
  • Participants will be responsible for their own transportation and any parking fees. Also, there is no Handicap Parking at any of the locations.
  • There is a $10.00 parking fee per car at the State Park.
  • No food will be provided on the tour.
  • Restroom facilities will only be available at the park however, site addresses will be provided locations so individuals who need to stop know where to join us.
  • By participating in this tour  you are acknowledging that you have read, understood and accept the terms of our Liability Waiver. Click here to view the waiver.  


Agenda

9:45 am:
Group meets at 
6040 Brook Rd
Richmond, VA 23227

10:00 a.m.  –  10:30 a.m.

Walk to the Brook Bridge and participate in the 1800 launch of Gabriel’s Rebellion by participating in "Making Your Mark".

On a Sunday in July 1800, Gabriel approached a group of black men, most of them slave field hands, who were gathered at a bridge over a Brook north of Richmond. At this popular spot, slaves congregated on their day off from labor to hear outdoor preaching, hold barbecues, fish, gamble, and drink. It was a casual outing that would be recounted months later in compelling detail to attentive white justices. Gabriel turned the slave gathering to serious business, revealing a scheme he had pursued since the spring. He had a plan for their liberty, he told the slaves, and he asked those who would join him to stand. Gabriel's recruiters moved among the enlistees, helping them make their marks.

10:30 a.m.  –  11:15 a.m. 
Drive to Spotsylvania Jail and discuss Virginia’s reaction to Gabrielle’s Rebellion 1800-1816 on a conference call

8957 Courthouse Road
Spotsylvania, VA 22553


11:15 - 11:45 am
Participate in the liberation of George Boxley before he hangs for the Boxley rebellion.

Boxley turned himself in on February 27, 1816 and was charged with fomenting an insurrection.

In the largest prosecution for insurrection in Virginia between the discovery of Gabriel's Conspiracy in 1800 and Nat Turner's Rebellion in 1831, five slaves were executed, and six others were sentenced to be transported out of Virginia. Boxley was ordered and tried for capital felony and stealing two slaves. However, while he was awaiting trial his wife smuggled him a file with which he sawed his way out of the Spotsylvania County jail and escaped.

11:45  –  12:30 p.m.
Drive to and explore the site of Dr. Richard H. Stuart summer home while discussing the reaction to the Boxley rebellion 1816-1831

12131 Cleydael Blvd
King George, VA  22485
United States

12:30 p.m.  – 12:45 p.m.
Witness the turning of Virginia against the confederacy as Dr. Richard H. Stuart in his 1859 summer residence rejects John Wilkes Booth and his accomplice David Herold, who arrived here on 23 April 1865 while attempting to escape after Booth had assassinated Pres. Abraham Lincoln. The fugitives asked to spend the night and sought medical attention for Booth's injured leg. Suspicious of his visitors and aware of Lincoln's assassination, Stuart gave them dinner and then sent them away. Wilkes was so upset he wrote a note in anger rebuking Stuart. A note which saved his life. 

12:45 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.

Drive to Caledon State Park in King George Virginia
11617 Caledon Rd, King George, VA 22485
*Please note that parking is $10.00 per car

12:50 p.m. – 2:00 pm

Explore the lives of 1859 John Brown Rebellion participants  Osborne Perry Anderson and Mary Ann Shadd at the site where their headstones were desecrated in 1960 and where Project Harmony is restoring the headstones and building two monuments to the 37000 souls buried at Harmony Cemetery in DC. Also, we will explore the life of a civil war soldier who marched triumphantly in the fall of Richmond after fighting successfully in the battle for Richmond in the Battle of Newmarket Heights and being the lead organizer of Memorial Day in DC from 1870-1920.

Read more about Columbian Harmony Cemetery

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