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September 23, 2005

CW's 2005 Brothers-in-Arms program focuses on freedom, slavery and the American Revolution

Colonial Williamsburg’s ninth annual Brothers-In-Arms Weekend program Oct. 7-9 recognizes the challenges, triumphs and contributions of free and enslaved African-Americans as Loyalists and Patriots of the American Revolution. Programs will highlight the contributions, sacrifices and decisions of 18th-century African-Americans in securing their freedom, either with the British or American cause.

The weekend begins on Friday, Oct. 7 with special programs at the Mary Stith House. Guests will have the opportunity to see the events of the American Revolution through the eyes of 18th-century enslaved Virginians.

Brothers-in-Arms continues on Saturday, Oct. 8 and Sunday, Oct. 9 on the grounds of Bassett Hall, the original Williamsburg home of Colonial Williamsburg benefactor John D. Rockefeller Jr. Guests can experience the encampment of the Rhode Island Regiment. The unit originated in 1778 as a contingent of men who were African-American, mulatto or Indian. In 1781 it became one of many integrated troops of the American Revolution. Guests can meet the newly integrated unit as they prepare for the Battle of Yorktown. Through vignettes and interactions with “people of the past,” guests can see how soldiers and their dependents lived, cooked their rations, slept in tents and brush arbors, marched and drilled.

For more information, reservations or ticket prices, call toll-free (800) HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at

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