May 27, 2015 |
WHEN IT was his time to speak, "Edward (Ned) Hector," dressed in his American Revolutionary military uniform, walked toward the podium to address the people gathered at Washington Square for a Memorial Day commemoration. "I'll bet you're wondering what this black man is doing dressed in this uniform," Noah Lewis, a professional re-enactor portraying the Revolutionary War bombardier, told the crowd of fewer than 100 people yesterday. He went on to tell them that between 3,000 and 5,000 black troops fought for the Continental Army while another 7,000 to 10,000 fought for the British after the British promised enslaved men in the South their freedom.
April 18, 2015 |
Marjorie Ross Traver, 90, of Mount Holly, a retired credit manager for the Burlington County Times, died Sunday, April 12, at her home. A 50-year resident of Mount Holly, Mrs. Traver died the day before her 91st birthday. Born in Pawtucket, R.I., she graduated from Cranston (R.I.) High School, and studied drawing and painting at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. In the 1950s, while raising her family in Cedar Grove, Essex County, Mrs. Traver "went to houses and interviewed people" for the public opinion polling firm founded by George Gallup, daughter Susan Skoviak said.
April 5, 2015 |
Meade Barner Jones, 89, of Kennett Square, a mother and community volunteer, died in her sleep Saturday, March 28, of causes related to aging at Kendal at Longwood, where she had lived for five years. Born in Richmond, Va., and reared in Norfolk, she was the daughter of David Meade and Nelle McClendon Barner. Mrs. Jones enjoyed success in a number of areas. An accomplished vocalist at 16, she was invited to audition for a lead role in the Broadway musical Cabin in the Sky . "She got the part but was told [by her parents]
February 17, 2015 |
* THE BOOK OF NEGROES. 8 tonight, tomorrow and Wednesday, BET. MINISERIES are back in vogue, commissioned by networks looking for event programming and headlined by big names who wouldn't think of committing to multiple seasons. Good as an "Olive Kitteridge" or a "Fargo" might be, they can feel, well, mini next to the blockbusters of the '70s and '80s - shows like "Roots," "The Winds of War" and "The Thorn Birds. " At six hours over three nights, BET's Canadian-produced "The Book of Negroes," which premieres tonight, is half the length of "Roots," but it's epic in scope, with a cast that includes Oscar winners Cuba Gooding Jr. and Louis Gossett Jr. (who, 38 years ago, co-starred in "Roots")
January 22, 2015 |
The American Revolution has been re-enacted on film and video more than 130 times, according to the industry site IMDb, from the 1908 short The Spirit of '76 , to The Devil's Disciple (1959) starring Kirk Douglas and Laurence Olivier, to the Mel Gibson vehicle The Patriot in 2008. Could one more make a difference? Yes, if it happens to be John Adams , HBO's profound, unflinching mini-series from 2008 featuring Paul Giamatti in the title role. No such distinction attaches to Sons of Liberty , a three-part mini-series that will be shown on the cable channel History on consecutive nights Sunday through Tuesday.
October 11, 2014 |
An array of politicians, benefactors, and nonprofit leaders gathered Thursday morning beneath a vast party tent beside a very deep hole along South Third Street to celebrate the symbolic groundbreaking of the Museum of the American Revolution. When the deep hole is filled and the $119 million building opens in two years, it will be, officials believe, the nation's first museum to tell the whole story of the American Revolution - from the disgruntled grumbling over British taxes in the 1760s through the desperate days of the Continental Army in the 1770s and on to eventual independence in the 1780s.
September 19, 2014 |
Walton S. Sweeney Jr., 71, of Del Webb at Lake Oconee, a retirement community in Greensboro, Ga., a former Medford resident and South Jersey salesman, died Saturday, Sept. 13, of heart failure at St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital in Greensboro. A former member of the New Jersey chapter of the National Society, Sons of the American Revolution, Mr. Sweeney was a direct descendant of John Morton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. "He was very proud of his lineage," his wife, Renee, said.
June 11, 2014
Within days of the 70th anniversary of the pivotal D-Day landings, it's fitting that the planned Museum of the American Revolution is about to secure another objective in its march to create the nation's first museum devoted exclusively to exploring the armed struggle for colonial America's independence. Having raised fully 90 percent of their construction budget, museum officials expect to break ground in the fall at a prime location at Third and Chestnut Streets, in the city's historic district.
June 7, 2014 |
South Third Street is kind of a mess these days. Demolition of the burned-out Suit Corner store at Market Street is proceeding fairly quickly. Demolition of the old Independence Park visitor center at Chestnut Street - not so quickly. "They really built that tower well," said Michael Quinn, head of the Museum of the American Revolution, referring to the building's 130-foot-high square bell tower. "It's concrete, full of rebar. The brick is only a veneer. " The visitor center, though, has got to go, and Quinn is certain that his museum, as yet a set of drawings, blueprints, and PowerPoint presentations, is on the cusp of construction.
April 8, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA James Forten's life was one of the most remarkable in Philadelphia history. On Sunday, 248 years after his birth, he became the city's first black man to be identified and honored for his service in the Revolutionary War. Joseph W. Dooley, head of the Sons of the American Revolution, called him "a hero of the American Revolution, truly a great man whose life was dedicated to freedom for all Americans. " Born free, Forten was a sailor, sailmaker, and antislavery activist who became one of the wealthiest Philadelphians of his day, black or white.