Church to host Civil War soldier program on Feb. 22

Church to host Civil War soldier program on Feb. 22


Redeemer’s African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church will present Rev. Kevin Johnson as William Webb, an African-American Civil War soldier from Connecticut, on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, 110 Whiting St. This is a free program.

Private Webb, a native of Hartford, was recruited in 1863 to serve in the Twenty-Ninth (Colored) Regiment, Connecticut Volunteer Infantry.

Johnson’s presentation of Webb is told from a poignant first-person perspective that vividly illustrates the struggle of African-American soldiers during the war. He tells of his early life in Hartford, his recruitment and training, and the traumatic final battles of the Civil War. The presentation is based on extensive research in the collections of the Connecticut State Library and the Museum of Connecticut History.

Johnson works in the state library’s history and genealogy unit. He has been presenting William Webb for more than 20 years, giving some 600 presentations.

Registration for the Plainville program is not required. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 860-747-1808.

-- Press Release