The Rock Creek Civil War Roundtable Presents “Booth, Surratt, and Black Folks” by Bernie Siler Lawyer, Civil War Historian, Lecturer and Civil War Re-Enactor

April 7, 2018 9:30 a.m.

This presentation describes the integral involvement of Freed African Americans in the tragic events of the Spring of 1865 surrounding the death of President Abraham Lincoln.  From the alley dwellers of Baptist Alley who saw John Wilkes Booth leaving the rear of Fords Theatre to the ferry operator over the Rappahanock River who conveyed Booth and David Herold to Caroline County, Virginia, many Black folks were in close proximity to the events. This was so much so that many were needed as witnesses to put on the government’s case in the subsequent trial of the conspirators. Hear how this need for eyewitnesses contributed to the still existing controversy as to whether civilians should have been tried by a military tribunal. These presentations are free and open to the public.


Rock Creek Park Nature Center
5200 Glover Road, N.W.
Washington, D.C.
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