Civil War 150 HistoryMobile coming to Richmond

4/2/2014, 3:24 p.m.

History is on the move in Virginia as the Civil War 150 HistoryMobile rolls into Richmond for a one-day visit on Saturday, April 12, 2014, in conjunction with Civil War & Emancipation Day. The exhibit, an initiative of the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission, will be located at the Lumpkin’s Jail site, adjacent to Main Street Station at 14th and Main Streets and will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission to the HistoryMobile is free.

The HistoryMobile brings all aspects of the Civil War and emancipation to life and offers another opportunity for Richmond residents and visitors to view its exhibit. Civil War & Emancipation Day connects historical venues from Church Hill (Chimborazo Medical Museum at 32nd and Broad Street) to the Boulevard. More than 25 sites and activity centers will open for free on Saturday, April 12, 2014. The American Civil War Museum at Historic Tredegar offers living historians Mary Ryan and William Brackens, Maggie Walker National Historic Site presents Leigh Street Legacy: The Women of the Walker House exhibit, the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia offers the opportunity to meet activist John Mitchell, and the Virginia Historical Society will tell The Tale of Two Trunks and offer tips on “Saving Your Family Treasures” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Two tours will be offered about Richmond’s spies—Spies, Unionists, and Resurrectionists—at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Participants will visit sites of Richmond’s Unionist underground and travel to Oakwood and Shockoe Cemeteries, Castle Godwin, Libby Prison, and the Van Lew Mansion. Tours are offered at 10 a.m. and at 1 p.m. from Chimborazo Medical Museum, 3215 East Broad Street. Register via the website: www.civilwar.emancipationday.net .

Participants will also have two opportunities for guided walks along Richmond’s Slave Trail—at 9:30 a.m. and a torch-lit walk at 6:30 p.m. Two guided tours will be offered of Richmond’s Liberty Trail, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Register via the website: www.civilwar.emancipationday.net .

The complete schedule of events is available on the Civil War & Emancipation Day website, along with the shuttle route, which offers free transportation from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to all participating sites.

The HistoryMobile uses immersive spaces and interactive exhibits to draw together stories of the Civil War and emancipation from the viewpoints of those who experienced it across Virginia—young and old, enslaved and free, soldier and civilian.

Visitors will encounter history in ways they may have never experienced before. The HistoryMobile exhibit is divided into four sections: Battlefront, Homefront, Journey to Freedom, and Loss-Gain-Legacy. From the bewildering sense of chaos experienced by soldiers, to the last letter written by a dying son to his father after sustaining a mortal wound, to a hushed conversation between a husband and wife considering the great risks and rewards of fleeing to freedom, the HistoryMobile presents the stories of real people in Virginia whose lives were shaped by the historic events of the 1860s, and invites visitors to imagine, “What Would You Do?”