Revolutionary Hero at Groton Congregational
Monday 7:15 pm to
Kevin Johnson, an employee of the State Libraryís History and Genealogy Unit, will present his one-man show, Jordan Freeman: The Fight to Set a People Free, at 7:15 p.m. April 14 at Groton Congregational Church, 162 Monument St. This free program is sponsored by the Groton Bank Historical Association.
Jordan Freeman, a native of Old Lyme, was an African-American servant of John Ledyard and the body servant of Col. William Ledyard in the Revolutionary War. Although he did not enlist himself, he witnessed key events of the war for independence while with Col. Ledyard. Historians estimate the number of black soldiers in this war to have been about 5,000 men, including nearly 500 from Connecticut. Some enlisted because they believed it was their duty; others because they were offered their freedom in return for satisfactory completion of a set period of service.
Johnsonís presentation is based on extensive research in the collections of the Connecticut State Library and the Museum of Connecticut History in Hartford.
In addition to portraying Jordan Freeman, Johnson has portrayed William Webb, a soldier in the Civil War, for more than 14 years.
Groton Congregational Church
162 Monument St.
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