The Black Soldier in the Civil War

G.A.R. Civil War Museum & Library Presents: First Sunday
Historical Program – Sunday, September 2, 2007 at 1PM
The Black Soldier in the Civil War by Joe Becton
presented FREE courtesy of – The Pennsylvania Humanities Council.

G.A.R. Civil War Museum & Library
4278 Griscom St.
Philadelphia, PA 19124
Contact: 215-204-5452

This is a one hour educational and interactive program, on the participation of African Americans in the Civil War 1861-1865. The presenter appears in authentic 19th century clothing and equipment. The presentation uses an array of techniques to tell the story; Lecture, Q&A’s, (Who will join the army?) activity, demonstrations, and music or poem. The performance has four major objectives; identifying, the reasons for the war, conditions of camp life, demonstrating the equipment and explaining that war is not good. This presentation has been delivered in tens of schools, churches, colleges, libraries and at Fort Mifflin for groups young and old.

Joseph W. Becton was introduced to history by his father, a history and social studies teacher in the Philadelphia school system. Joe earned Associate Degrees in Social Work and Social Science at the Reading Area Community College, and Bachelor of Arts in History Education at the University of West Florida. In 1997 he studied slavery at Yale University with David Brion Davis. He has been a Marine, Park Ranger, Supervisory Park Ranger, counselor, teacher and Director of Visitor Services. He presently, holds membership in the Association for the Study of African-American History and Life, and in the Pennsylvania Historical Society. Becton is the co-founder of the 3rd Regiment United States Colored Troops Civil War reenactors and the First Rhode Island regiment Revolutionary War reenactors. During 1995-96, he taught a class on Africans and Civil War in Philadelphia at the public library and hosted a segment of the Veteran’s Hour on W.D.A.S. radio A.M. called “Champions of Freedom! “. In 2003 Becton appeared in the Emmy award wining PBS documentary” Ben Franklin An Extraordinary Life, An Electric Mind. He researched developed and implemented a National Network to Freedom award winning, Underground Railroad tour for center city Philadelphia 2004. He has been a member of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council’s Commonwealth Speakers since 2004.

Joe’s research on Africans and the American Revolution has led to the development of a monument at Valley Forge and the publication of several articles.Joseph Becton is a teacher, philosopher, counselor, historian, musician, interpreter, husband father and grand father.

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