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FIGHTING IN THE HOPE OF FREEDOM: THE PETER SALEM STORY
September 25, 2022 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pmFree
A program of Prallsville Mills, a member of the New Jersey Center for Nonprofits
Join us at the Mills to hear the story of what life was like for Peter Salem, still an enslaved solider, during the tumultuous times of the American Revolution. When talk of freedom was heard everywhere, Salem had little hope of gaining emancipation for himself. He was an enlisted soldier with the rank of sharpshooter and is credited for fighting in the battles of Concord, Bunker Hill, Saratoga, Stony Point, and the battle of Monmouth in New Jersey.
A fully interactive program, participants may ask questions and open some thoughtful topics pertaining to the understanding of true patriotism through the lens of an enslaved African American colonist who served every day of the American Revolution. Salem served, on behalf of his country, a total of seven years in the military. Few other soldiers of the American Revolution achieved such a distinction. Attendees to this program will also have an opportunity to experience a live demonstration of the skills it takes to fire a musket.
About presenter Bruce Harris:
Bruce Harris, a native Philadelphian, has worked in the tourism and not-for-profit sectors for almost 35 years. He has devoted his career to the protection and preservation of some of our nation’s most cherished historical sites. While with the National Park Service, his most notable programs were on a very difficult subject – slavery. At Hartwell Tavern in Lincoln, Massachusetts, Harris created a living history exhibit depicting the lives of Northern slaves in the eighteenth century. Visitors could observe and interact with the residents and servants of this working replica of a colonial farm and tavern from around the year 1775. Harris continued this theme in a five-year study of the life of Peter Salem, an African American Minuteman, who was also a held in bondage. This work eventually became Fighting in the Hope of Freedom: The Peter Salem Story, a living history lecture program that became so popular that it was featured by the National Park Service and became a special presentation of the National Archives in Washington D.C.
No registration required. This is an in-person event at Prallsville Mills.