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River Bank Choir to Sing Again: Make Your Reservations

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At 7 p.m. Saturday, April 20, in Culpeper, the River Bank Choir will present “Faith, Fortitude and the Quest for Freedom,” a musical tribute and an inspirational story of African American heritage revealed in song.

Long overdue is the recognition and remembrance of Culpeper County’s lesser-known histories, and there are more than a few: the Irish, women in general, farm families and to no one’s surprise, the deep and robust heritage of our African American ancestors.

This musical tribute is a part of the 2013 Culpeper Remembrance Days.

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Sponsored by the African American Heritage Alliance Inc., the program is written, produced and directed by Zann Nelson, under the excellent musical direction of Dr. Ellsworth Weaver.

The members of the multicultural choir are from the counties of Culpeper, Rappahannock, Page, Clarke and Fauquier.

Their talented voices will astound you. Each and every participant has generously donated their time and energy to bring this effort to fruition. Those involved are dedicated to the sharing of stories not widely told–and in a manner that is oh, so pleasing to the recipient.

Through song and a bit of storytelling, the River Bank Choir will reveal the inspirational legacy of a people ripped from a life of independence in their homeland and sold as slaves into a culture that was horrifically foreign.

The musical selections will tell of supreme oppression that threatened the very soul of a people dispirited by the absence of human dignity. Yet–and this is the essence of the program–through unparalleled faith and fortitude, the quest for freedom was never-ending.

The program rejoices in the final outcomes of self-emancipation; the establishment of the United States Colored Troops and their remarkable sacrifices for freedom; and the continued allegiance to civil rights for all and the preservation of peace.

This inspirational tribute promises to leave you enlightened and motivated.

Organizers wish to thank the Culpeper Department of Tourism for inviting us to participate and a special thank-you to St. Stephens Episcopal Church for making its facilities available for the performance and all the practices.


Date: Saturday, April 20

Time: 7 PM

Duration: approximately 1 hour

Location: St. Stephens Episcopal Church, Culpeper, VA 22701

Fees: Free

Reservations: Seating is limited and reservations are strongly encouraged (they will be held until 6:45 PM)

Contact: or 540-547-2395

–African American Heritage Alliance Inc.