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Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 5:40 am, Thu Mar 28, 2013.

I have the distinct privilege and extraordinary pleasure to be part of an upcoming event as part of the 2013 Culpeper Remembrance Days.

Long overdue is the recognition and remembrance of Culpeper’s lesser known histories and there are more than a few: the Irish, women in general, farm families and to no one’s surprise, the deep and robust heritage of our African American ancestors.  It is to that element that I am speaking today.

On Saturday, April 20 at 7 p.m. the River Bank Choir will present a musical tribute titled:

“Faith, Fortitude and the Quest for Freedom”

An inspirational story of African American heritage revealed in song.

Sponsored by the African American Heritage Alliance, Inc.; the program is produced and directed by yours truly and under the excellent musical direction of Dr. Ellsworth Weaver. The members of the multi cultured, gendered and aged choir are from the counties of Culpeper, Rappahannock, Page, Clarke and Fauquier. But what is most amazing is the talent- the voices will astound you- and the generosity of time and energy- not one participant is compensated. Well, maybe that should be clarified as all of us are receiving a wealth of reward and gratification to our spirits although there is no monetary exchange. 

Those involved are dedicated to the sharing of stories not widely told and in a manner that is oh, so pleasing to the recipient.

Enough, now, about who are the presenters of this not-to-be missed program; you must be on the edge of your seat to know just what it is about.

The River Bank Choir will reveal through song and a bit of story- telling the inspirational legacy of a people ripped from a life of independence in their homeland and sold as slaves into a culture that was horrifically foreign. 

The musical selections tell of supreme oppression that threatened the very soul of a people dispirited by the absence of human dignity. Yet and this is the true essence of the program, through unparalleled faith and fortitude, the quest for freedom was never-ending.

The program rejoices in the final outcomes of self-emancipation; the establishment of the United States Colored Troops and their remarkable sacrifices for freedom; and the continued allegiance to civil rights for all and the preservation of Peace.

It is an inspirational tribute that promises to leave you enlightened and motivated.

Organizers wish to thank the Culpeper Department of Tourism for inviting us to participate and a special thank you to St. Stephens Episcopal Church for making the facilities available for the performance and all the practices.

Want to go?

Date: Saturday, April 20

Time: 7 p.m.

Duration: approximately one hour

Location: St. Stephens Episcopal Church, Culpeper VA

Fees: Free

Reservations: Seating is limited and reservations are strongly encouraged (they will be held until 6:45 PM)

Contact: or 540-547-2395

The event is part of the 2013 Culpeper Remembrance Days…

Until next week, be well.    

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