The Suffield Historical Society’s Zoom meeting on Tuesday, May 11, at 7 p.m. will feature Kevin Johnson, who will dramatically reenact the historic figure of Jordan Freeman, an African-American servant of John Ledyard and the body servant of Col. William Ledyard in the Revolutionary War.
Johnson, who has worked for many years in the Connecticut State Library’s History and Genealogy Unit, will base his presentation on extensive research in the collections of the State Library and the Museum of Connecticut History opposite the State Capitol in Hartford. Known state-wide for his captivating performances, Johnson will be giving his first program since the pandemic outbreak.
Jordan Freeman was a native of Old Lyme. He served in the Battle of Groton Heights, the largest Revolutionary War battle in Connecticut. Historians estimate the number of black soldiers and sailors in the Revolutionary War was approximately 5,000, serving in militias, seagoing services, and support activities.
Access the following link that will connect you to the Zoom platform: https://tinyurl.com/8475ya8s Email Bill Sullivan with any questions: bsullivan@suffield academy.org.