Contact: Frank Smith, Founding Director, (202) 667-2667

The primary persons and entities responsible for the commemorative events of the final days of the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War will convene a press conference this Thursday May 22, 2014 at the African American Civil War Museum, 1925 Vermont Ave NW at 10 am. There will be four major closing events in Washington along with several workshops, performances and seminars in the spring of 2015. The first event will be held on March 5th and will feature a commemoration of Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address.  The event will be coordinated by Karen Needles who is with the Lincoln Group and will speak on behalf of that event. The second event is the DC Emancipation Day celebration scheduled for April 16, 2015 and that event will be coordinated by Councilman Vincent Orange who is on travel and will not be with us on May 22, 2014.  The third major event is the commemoration of Lincoln's Funereal Train Procession which is also being sponsored by the Lincoln Group and is being coordinated by Karen Needles.

The fourth major event will be the Grand Review Parade which will take place on May 17, 2015 and will be coordinated by Dr. Frank Smith and David Childs.  Frank Smith is the Founding Director of the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum.  David Childs who coordinates reenactments will represent the soldiers that were in non-United States Colored Troop regiments.  Karen Needles is the president of the Lincoln Group an organization based here in Washington DC that share a wide array of history and scholarship on Abraham Lincoln.  We will also be joined by Malcolm Beech the president of the United States Colored Troops Living History Association an organization that interprets the story of the United States Colored Troops through interpretive performances.  Hari Jones the Assistant Director and Curator of the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum will be joining us as well; he is also a descendant of two civil war soldiers from the United States Colored Troops.   Dr. Annette Stone Blake will be joining us as well, in addition to being a member of FREED (Female Re- enactors of Distinction), she is a descendant of Henry May of the 55th United States Colored Infantry.

Founder's Day Celebration
10am - Press Conference
Join us at the African American Civil War Museum for a Press Conference discussing the Sesquicentennial events planned for 2015.

11am - Wreath Laying Ceremony
Stay for the wreath laying ceremony to commemorate the 151st Anniversary of the Founding of the Bureau of United States Colored Troops

12pm-5pm - Film Screening
Join us for a screening of three films:
Fight For Freedom: African Americans in the Civil War
The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

5:30pm-9:30pm Rally on the Waterfront
Commemorate Founder's Day with us in this fundraising event at the Seafarers Yacht Club 1950 M Street, SE Washington, D.C. 20003.  Tickets are $50 in advance and can be purchased at the museum or at the Yacht Club.  Come and enjoy food and live music on the waterfront.