The Third and The Sixth infantry Regiments United States Colored Troops Civil War living historians will present their 6th Annual United States Colored Troops this weekend at Fort Mifflin in conjunction the 150th commemoration of the Civil War. Fort Mifflin, an actual Civil War era fort, is the perfect back drop to tell the stories of the men and women of the Civil War era.The participants are coming in from all over America to tell their stories with demonstrations, reenactments, music, actors, speeches, exhibits and presentations.
Meet living historian Antoine Watts, as as he portrays Jacob C. White Jr., abolitionist, sportsman, educator and friend of OV Catto. Watch Millicent Sparks" the best Harriet Tubman alive" bring Harriet Tubman to life. Hear “Voices of Freedom” young people from Newport News Virginia telling African American Naval stories. Willie Cooper, of New York City, will speak on the 1st North Carolina /35 USCT and his Civil War relatives. Kerry Bryant will portray Lucretia Mott Abolitionist. Listen to Bob O’Connor tell the stories of US Colored Troops at Andersonville prison.
You will hear music of the Civil War played and sang by Joe Becton, Antoine Watts and Crystal Kemp. The African American Genealogy Group will direct the find your civil war ancestor activity.
The Ragsdale's famous "Lest We Forget Slavery" exhibit Saturday only. Dr. Hicks will discuss 19th century medicine bringing the kind of realism only he and a Mutter Muter exhibit can Sunday only. Anthony and Barbara Selletti, from the 1799 Lazaretto will present a Lazaretto Medical exhibit on Saturday only . This year there will be special Diorama by Sgt. Tom Davis, depicting the "Battle of New Market Heights Virginia.
All weekend, Soldier Life programs and weapon demonstration,Victoria Still will display her Still Family exhibit, book sales, Donald Scott's "Camp William Penn", Dr. James Parridis "African Americans at Gettysburg" and tours of Civil War era Fort Mifflin.
Make a day of it with admission cost of only $8 Adults and $6 Kids,
Directions to Fort Mifflin
From Downtown Philadelphia -
South on I-95, take Exit 15 Island Avenue/Enterprise Avenue. At end of exit ramp, you will be on Enterprise Avenue. At stop sign turn left onto Fort Mifflin Road. Follow road, through short tunnel, to the first left turn. After left hand turn, follow signs straight into the Fort. Free Parking is on the left.
From Delaware County -
North on I-95, take Exit 13 – Valley Forge/West 291. Bear right and follow sign for Island Avenue. At traffic light (Hilton Hotel on left corner), turn left onto Island Avenue. At stop sign turn left onto Enterprise Avenue. At stop sign, turn right onto Fort Mifflin Road. Follow road, through short tunnel, to the first left turn. After left hand turn, follow signs straight into the Fort. Free Parking is on the left.
GPS USERS – please use 4600 Hog Island Road as Fort Mifflin’s address for best results.
Fort Mifflin & Hog Island Roads
Philadelphia, PA 19153