Fredericksburg, Virginia (PressExposure) June 14, 2011 -- The Center for African American Genealogical Research, Inc. (CAAGRI) has announced that the descendants of legendry escaped slaves, William and Ellen Craft, will retrace their ancestors footsteps at Aquia Landing on Saturday, June 25, 2011 during the Rappahannock Regional Juneteenth Celebration.
On December 18, 1848, husband and wife William and Ellen Craft fled their Georgia captors disguised as a infirmed white male planter (Ellen) with her husband playing the role as servant. The 7 day journey by train and steam boat landed the couple in Philadelphia on December 25, 1848 with a stop at Aquia Landing along the way.
Maria Niles, Mary Ellen Butler and a host of Craft descendants will join CAAGRI and the entire Rappahannock community to honor the legacies of the Crafts as well as pay tribute to Henry "Box" Brown, John Washington and the 10,000 African descended Americans who crossed Aquia Landing seeking freedom in 1862.
Juneteenth is often referred to as "Emancipation Day" for the African American community as the day (June 19, 1865) when all slaves had been informed that the Civil War was over and they had been legally freed.
Stafford County Tourism Department is the title sponsor for the 146th celebration of Juneteenth. Additional co-sponsors include: The Star Radio Group (99.3 The Vibe), Wells Fargo Bank, the Moncure Conway Foundation and Famous Dave's.
Hosted by 99.3 The Vibe's early morning personality, Mr. Don Black, this family event begins promptly at 10:00 am and offers: FREE Hot Dogs for kids, African Drummers & Dancers, Griot (Jim Thomas), Double-Dutch Lessons, Kite making/flying, FREE Health Screening, Raffle (win fabulous prizes), quilt makers, period re-enactors, Clothing & Jewelry Vendors and plenty of BBQ and red soda.
Parking at Aquia Landing will be limited to vendors and program participants ONLY. Please park at the Brooke Road VRE Rail Station for free shuttle service to and from Aquia Landing.