A Tribute to the Civil War Veterans of Timbuctoo
Westampton Township, Burlington County, New Jersey
When: Memorial Day Weekend, Sunday, May 27, 2012, 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Where: Adjacent to the Timbuctoo Cemetery, Church Street off Rancocas Road, Westampton Township.
Why: Timbuctoo was established as a community by and for free African American residents in the 1820s. Several members of the community served in the 22nd Regiment US Colored Troops during the Civil War. This community represents the hopes and aspirations of freedom loving people, many of whom had been enslaved. For many years their history was ignored and forgotten but now, through the efforts of Westampton Township and the Timbuctoo Discovery Project, their story is being reclaimed. This is an important story for all Americans to appreciate and the organizers hope that people of all races and religions will attend.
Mayor Sidney Camp: Introductions
American Legion Post 509 Color Guard
Dr. David G. Orr and Christopher Barton, Temple U. Archeology Project: presentations and tours
Historian Paul Schopp: The 1860 Battle of Pine Swamp near Timbuctoo
Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church Choir of Burlington, NJ (founded at Timbuctoo in 1845)
6th Regiment, U.S. Colored Troops Re-enactors, Inc.
Directions: Park at the Holly Hills Elementary School located 1/2 mile from the cemetery on Lambert Drive (north off of Rancocas Road 1/4 mile west of the Route 541 Bypass). A shuttle bus will transport people to the ceremony site. Please arrive between 1:30 and 1:45. Handicapped parking will be available at the cemetery. Seating will be limited. Please feel free to bring your own folding chairs.
Sponsored by the Township of Westampton and the National Park Service
For additional information please contact Westampton Township at 609-267-1891, extension 6.