A scholarly symposium on the U.S. Colored Troops will be held on Friday, November 5, 2010, at the John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The symposium, "Rather Die Freemen than Live to be Slaves," will feature lectures by nationally known USCT experts, including Dr. James Horton ("The USCT, Pennsylvania, and William Woodlin"), Dr. Richard Blackett ("T. Morris Chester and the USCT"), Dr. James Paradis ("The Sixth USCT at Camp William Penn"), Harri Jones ("The USCT and Pennsylvania"), and Todd Mealy ("Civil War and Civil Rights: A Primer on the William Garnett League"). USCT family historians will also participate, and USCT muster rolls will be exhibited. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the symposium concludes at 5:00 p.m. There is no charge to attend. Call the Historical Society of Dauphin County at (717) 233-3462 or email here for more information or to register for the symposium.
The symposium, sponsored by Pennsylvania Humanities Council, the Cultural and Heritage Tourism Program of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, the Historical Society of Dauphin County and Pinnacle Health, is part of Harrisburg's commemoration of the U.S. Colored Troop's Grand Review, originally held in the city in November, 1865. Other commemorative events will be held in Harrisburg from November 4 through 7, 2010. Information about all of the weekend events is available here.
Michael Barton, Ph.D.
Professor of American Studies and Social Science
Director, Center for Pennsylvania Culture Studies
The Pennsylvania State University at Harrisburg
Middletown, Pennsylvania 17057