The Canterbury Historical Society will present Kevin Johnson as Jordan Freeman, an African-American servant of John Ledyard and the body servant of Colonel William Ledyard in the Revolutionary War. An actual person and native of Old Lyme, although Jordan Freeman did not enlist himself, he witnessed key events of the War for Independence while with Colonel Ledyard.
Historians estimate the number of black soldiers in the Revolutionary War to have been about 5,000 men – including nearly 500 from Connecticut – who served in militias, seagoing services, and support activities. Some enlisted because they felt it was their duty; others because they were offered their freedom in return for satisfactory completion of a set period of service. This presentation is based on extensive research in the collections of the Connecticut State Library and the Museum of Connecticut History in Hartford.
Please join us as we welcome Kevin Johnson, an employee of the State Library’s History and Genealogy Unit, back to Canterbury for what will definitely be a great program. Kevin has been portraying Jordan Freeman for about 13 years and if this program is anything like last June’s presentation of Private William Webb, you won’t want to miss it! Free and open to the public, the program will begin following a short business meeting at 7PM in the Canterbury Town Hall Community Room, 1 Municipal Drive.