Crossing to Freedom: Remembering a photo and celebrating emancipation

A unique event, timed to the 150th anniversary of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, from “The Quest for History” website:

The Recreation of “the Crossing”

Crossing the Rappahannock: A Pilgrimage to Freedom

“Imagine the faith, will, and courage that fueled this remarkable quest for freedom.”

The excitement is rising (and hopefully the river will not) as the plans for the September 22nd event are coming to fruition. Despite the fact that during the last 149 years, this happening at this site has never been celebrated, we are joyfully on the path to remedying that mistake and sharing this life-changing event.

Check this site often for updates, links and related events. The African American Heritage Alliance determined not to let the another year pass without recognizing the inspirational symbolism of Courage and Will so very evident in the accomplishment of the slaves who risked their lives to seek out freedom in August of 1862. Learn more about the history.

However, without the aid and support of numerous co-sponsors this endeavor would not be possible.  Please review the list of all the current CO-SPONSORS. Where there are websites available, they have been listed. Please visit those sites and when the opportunity presents itself, please express your gratitude!

The day will be enriched with the wonderful voices of the River Bank Choir. Click here to learn how you could add your voice.

Have you heard that there will be a recreation of the 1862 crossing? Are you thinking that you might want to be a part of that activity but don’t know what is involved? Learn more about The River Walkers.

 Directions: Please respect the privacy of the property owners and refrain from visiting this farm before or after this event without seeking permission.  We are most grateful that they have opened their land and their hearts to this opportunity. Click here.
TIME: 9 AM to Noon, Saturday, September 22.

LOCATION: Cow’s Ford near Tin Pot Run, Remington, VA in Fauquier County. The event site is set on private property on Summerduck Rd ½ mile SE of the Town of Remington. Directional signs will be posted.

PARKING: All parking will be on site at 7567 Summerduck Road Remington, VA. Please remember this is private property and only open for this event. Watch for Directional Signs and plan to arrive early.

WHAT to BRING: Friends, walking shoes, bug spray, sun block, water, a lawn chair or blanket, and a great attitude.

FREE TO ALL: Donations are always welcome and will benefit the Afro-American Historical Assoc. of Fauquier County and the African American Heritage Alliance, Inc.

RESERVATIONS for GENERAL ATTENDANCE: Not required BUT recommended.

RESERVATIONS AND INFO: Contact Zann Nelson at 540-547-2395/ or Karen White at AAHA at (540) 253-7488 or (703) 966-6898. Visit “The Quest for History” website.

In August, I had the privilege of visiting the site of the crossing on the day the famous photo was taken. The observance on Saturday is timed with the signing of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.

Here’s the site today:

Rappahannock Station 19 Aug 12 005

This is a location I’d love to see “marked” for interpretation (respecting private property of course).  There are few Civil War related sites which better link the war to its causes and effects.  Had I the power, I’d rename this section of river “Emancipation Ford.”

Published by Craig Swain

"Historical marker hunter" and Civil War enthusiast.

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