Black Revolutionary War Patriots to be Honored by Sons of the American Revolution at Monument Dedication on January 27, 2008
The President General of the National Society Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), proudly announced today that a monument to honor the Patriots of Color from Charles City County, Virginia, will be dedicated on January 27, 2008.
Louisville, KY (RUSHPRNEWS) January 7, 2008 — Bruce A. Wilcox, the President General of the National Society Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), proudly announced today that a monument to honor the Patriots of Color from Charles City County, Virginia, will be dedicated on January 27, 2008. The dedication ceremony is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. at the Old Elam Cemetery in Ruthville, Virginia.
Mr. Wilcox says, “It is not generally appreciated in scholarly circles, let alone by the general public, that perhaps 20,000 Black Americans served during the Revolution, and helped our Nation achieve its Independence and Liberty. The SAR takes seriously its role to preserve the memory of all Revolutionary War Patriots, and we are glad to honor these Patriots of Color from Charles City County.”
He continues, “The SAR has had Black members for decades, and in recent years, we have happily welcomed more Black men into our ranks. Many of these Black men are descended from white Patriots of the Revolution, but many others are descended from Black Patriots. The SAR does not care what color our members are, nor what color were the Patriots from whom we descend. We focus on honoring the Patriots, regardless of race.”
Founded in 1889, and chartered by the U.S Congress in 1906, the SAR has over 27,000 members around the world. One of its members is Henry Louis Gates, Jr. of Harvard University. Dr. Gates is the Director of the W.E.B. DuBois Institute, and Chairman of Harvard’s African-American Studies Department.
In addition to his scholarly publications, Dr. Gates is also the producer/host of several documentaries, including the acclaimed “African American Lives.” The SAR and the DuBois Institute have jointly undertaken to research the Black Patriots of the American Revolution. Dr. Gates is spearheading this research.
For the Sons of the American Revolution go to www.sar.org.
For the monument dedication for the Patriots of Color from Charles City County, contact Joe Dooley at joexyz(at)verizon.net.
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