GOTV in Richmond, VA

Union Soldier Campaign

Get-Out-The-Vote (GOTV) Camp Meeting

 (Sat.) July 4th, 2020

2:00pm – 3:00pm 

Monument Avenue, Richmond, VA

Thanks for supporting our efforts to promote the values and ideals of America.

WHAT: A voter registration/get-out-the-vote (GOTV) camp meeting to promote the values and ideals of America. This ‘Independence Day’ event will feature prayer, inspiring speeches, and the playing of patriotic songs.

Tar Heels? Tar Heels is a nickname that originated during the Civil War to describe Confederate soldiers from North Carolina. Robert E. Lee was the general-in-chief of all Confederate soldiers. Amid the burgeoning movement to remove memorials to Lee, William Thorpe, Director of the Union Soldier Campaign, will make a brief statement calling for the immediate renaming of the mascot at the University of North Carolina from Tar Heels to Rams.

WHO & WHY: Dressed in military fatigues, a brigade of troops from the Union Soldier Campaign will lead a peaceful demonstration to encourage everyone to play an active role in the political and economic decisions that affect their lives.

DEDICATION: This special event is being held in remembrance of all victims of racial violence by law enforcement officials or vigilantes.

Editor’s Notes: During the Civil War, Black soldiers had become an important factor for the Union army. About 40 percent of the federal troops around Richmond in the last months of the war were U.S. Colored Troops. When at long last Richmond finally fell to the Army of the Potomac on April 3, 1865, the first Union troops into the former Confederate capital were elements of the 29th Connecticut Colored Infantry Regiment (attached to the 2nd Brigade, 1st Division).

Spectrum News coverage: June 27, 2020

Spectrum News coverage: June 9, 2020

News and Observer coverage (article and video): June 9, 2020

Protesters call for Confederate monument’s removal – 6/9/20