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Civil War and Emancipation Day to be held at Chimborazo on April 7

On Saturday, April 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Richmond’s Journey, a collaborative of the area’s cultural, historical, educational, and tourism institutions, invites the public to the grounds of Chimborazo Medical Museum for Civil War and Emancipation Day. Now in its ninth year, the event explores the Civil War and its impact through living history, period music, speakers, performances, and more.

This year’s Civil War and Emancipation Day features the Virginia Union University choir, Richmond City Dance Theater, Richmond Ballet’s Minds in Motion, the Shenandoah Civil War Dancers, and a performance by the Quill Theater. Southern Horizon will be on hand to perform popular tunes of the mid-nineteenth century, while living history demonstrations will explore what life was like for soldiers and civilians during the war.  Dr. Edward Ayers, President Emeritus of the University of Richmond and recipient of the 2018 Lincoln Prize for his book The Thing Light of Freedom: The Civil War and Emancipation in the Heart of America, will speak at 11:30.

“We’re so pleased to host Civil War and Emancipation Day on the grounds of Chimborazo Medical Museum at Richmond National Battlefield Park,” noted Superintendent Simone Monteleone.  “This event offers a great opportunity to learn more about how the Civil War and Reconstruction have shaped the history of our incredible nation.”

This event is free and open to the public.  In the event of inclement weather, updates will be posted on the park’s Facebook page at  For more information, please contact the Richmond National Battlefield Park at (804) 226-1981, or visit

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