Surratt House Museum to tell Black history through song and stories -- Gazette.Net


The Surratt House Museum is bringing in entertainers to celebrate black history in honor of the 150 year anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

The Washington Revels Jubilee Voices will tell black history through songs and stories at the museum starting at 4 p.m. on Oct. 5, said Susan Proctor, Surratt House Museum education coordinator. The event is free and doors will open at 3:30 p.m. and seating will be limited to about 80 people, she said. The museum is located at 9118 Brandywine Road in Clinton.

“I think people will really enjoy getting a sense of the history of African-Americans through song,” Proctor said. “It will be a very engaging program.”

The event is part of the museum’s yearlong celebration of black history, commemorating the 150-year anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Battle of Gettysburg and the Battle of Vicksburg, she said. The Surratt House Museum is connected to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln and is used a museum to teach people about mid 19th-century life and the home’s connection to the Lincoln assassination, according to the museum’s website.

Tours of the museum range from $3 to free depending on the age of the visitor and last about an hour, Proctor said.