Head to St. Clement’s Island Museum for a weekend commemorating a forgotten tragedy of the American Civil War—the Black Diamond Disaster. Weekend includes ceremony, free boat rides, free museum admission, folk music performance, and more.
On April 23, 1865, eighty-seven (87) lives were lost when the barge Black Diamond and the steamer Massachusetts collided in the Potomac River near St. Clement’s Island during the hunt for John Wilkes Booth.
Saturday & Sunday (10:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m.)
-FREE water taxi rides to St. Clement's Island where the 1863 Goldsmith Raid occurred (the final water taxi will leave at 3:00 p.m.—water taxi operates as weather and wind conditions allow)
-FREE admission to the St. Clement's Island Museum
Saturday Only (April 23)
-Special performance by Fredericksburg's folk fiddle band "Sibling Rivalry," a four-sibling fiddle band playing Civil War era music and other American Folk Tunes. This extremely talented group, ages 13 to 19, will perform at 2:00 p.m. at the museum! More Info: www.facebook.com/events/280892207555236
Sunday Only (April 24)
-Commemorative ceremony (2:00 p.m.) with remarks by Naval Air Station Patuxent River Base Commander. The ceremony will include a wreath laying and the reading of the names of the deceased
-Reception (3:00 p.m.) at St. Clement’s Island Museum follows the ceremony
MORE INFO: www.facebook.com/events/672498703892077