Historic La Mott Day to celebrate 160th anniversary of U.S. Colored Troops and Camp William Penn on Saturday, volunteers needed

The Camp William Penn and Historic La Mott Day will take place on Saturday, September 23 at The La Mott Community Center, located at 7420 Sycamore Avenue in La Mott.

An opening ceremony is scheduled for 10:00am and will feature speaker Michael Coard, an attorney, radio host, and activist.

The event will acknowledge the 160th anniversary of establishment of the United States Colored Troops and Camp William Penn, and will include the following:

  • Visit USCT encampment.
  • Listen to the USS Lehigh CW Navy Living History Crew.
  • Visit Camp William Penn Museum.
  • Living History demonstrations including ammunition making.
  • Hear archivist talk and demonstrate paper and book conservation.
  • See demonstrations of mid 1800’s building and carpentry techniques.
  • Civil War Medical and Surgical instrument ‘show and tell’.
  • Book signings, Lectures, Period Music, Films.
  • La Mott History display.
  • Civil War games and activities.
  • Visit graves of CWP soldiers at Philadelphia National Cemetery.
  • Local history organizations with tabletop displays and information.
  • Closing ceremony: 3:45 at Flagpole (corner Sycamore and Willow)

Camp William Penn, located in what is now modern day La Mott, was the first and largest Federal training site for colored soldiers during the Civil War.

Note: Volunteers are needed for help in all aspects of this event; some starting now and some the day of the event. Ideas and suggestions are also welcome. If you are able to help or participate, please use the contact information below.

Citizens for the Restoration of Historical La Mott
1618 Willow Avenue, La Mott, PA 19027
Email: pt@usct.org
Phone: (215) 885-2258

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