Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War in Chesapeake

Posted at 9:15 PM, Oct 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-13 21:15:04-04


Chesapeake, Va. – There’s an old adage that says “You have to know where you have come from to know where you are going” and the Bells Mill Historical Research and Restoration Society, Inc. are doing their part to ensure that this lesson is never lost.

On October 24th from 1-5 p.m., the Chesapeake-based educational research and archival organization will be a hosting a book exhibition and an interactive workshop to commemorate the Sesquicentennial (150th) Anniversary Celebration Year of the end of the Civil War. The day will also honor “Jamestown 1619”, which is the year that the first documented Africans were brought to colonial Jamestown, Va.

Dr. E. Curtis Alexander, a 2009 Congressional Black Caucus Veterans Braintrust Award recipient, will conduct the program, which will feature a discussion called”Afro-Union Soldier and Sailor Genealogical Research: Did Any Of Your Ancestors Fight To Save America And To Defeat Slavery?” from 2-4 p.m.

Exhibitions will carry on through the duration of the showcase and will highlight both an “African Heritage Bookseller Marketplace” and an “Archival Pictorial Poster Exhibit” of various African-American recipients of various awards and those bestowed with prestigious titles and positions.

The event will take place at The Cottages at Great Bridge at 625 Bette’s Way, Chesapeake, VA 23320.  There will be a limited seating of 24 guests for the one-day affair. Registration is strongly suggested.

If you are seeking more information about the festivities, call Dr. E. Curtis Alexander at (757) 547-5542.