Immediate Media Release

What: Untold Stories of a Search for Freedom: “Secret Codes, A Chatham Slave, and the Reverend Turner – Moments in Black History”

Where: Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, 308 Hanover Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Contact: Kim Harmon, 217-299-1102;

Event Date: Friday, February 9, 2018

Event Time: 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. See below for specific tour start times.

Cost: A suggested donation of $5.00 a person

Untold Stories of a Search for Freedom

“Secret Codes, A Chatham Slave, and the Reverend Turner – Moments in Black History”

“Witness” three untold stories of African Americans during and after the Civil War as they searched for freedom and civil rights. Join in commemorating Black History Month by participating in a living history event presenting three different vignettes at three historic churches in downtown Fredericksburg.  These scenes from the lives of enslaved persons as well as new freedmen during the Civil War era will take place on Friday, February 9, from 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.

The tours will start at the Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, at 308 Hanover Street. Visitors may find parking behind the church in the church parking lot on Charlotte Street, as well as street parking. Please use the entrance on Charlotte Street, as that is where the tours will originate.

Friends of Wilderness Battlefield is coordinating this event with the help of the three host churches: Fredericksburg United Methodist Church, Shiloh Baptist Church (New Site) and St. George’s Episcopal Church. Also collaborating with the event are the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, the John J. Wright Educational and Cultural Center Museum, the 23rd United States Colored Troops, and the Women of the Civil War.

The first tour will start promptly at 6:05 P.M., with subsequent tours departing every 20 minutes.  Each tour will last approximately one hour and involves moderate walking.  The tour will end with the third vignette at Shiloh Baptist Church (New Site) followed by refreshments.  A nominal donation of $5 per person is suggested and will be taken at the door. Cash or check only, please.

To reserve a spot for a tour, please sign up at our website, where you may request which tour you would like to take. Time slots for tours are: 6:05, 6:25, 6:45, 7:05, 7:25, and 7:45 P.M. Please note that space is limited with only 25 spaces per tour, so signing up early is advised!

For more information, contact Kim Harmon, at or 217-299-1102.