Saturday, July 30, 2011

"Give me liberty ... or give me death"

Patrick Henry was a fiery speaker with perhaps his best remembered speech delivered within St. John's Church in Richmond. On the eve of the American Revolution, he took a public stand in words that still stand out today:
Gentlemen may cry, "Peace! Peace!" -- but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!
Every Sunday through the summer there is a free reenactment of the Second Virginia Convention held in March 1775. Henry's immortal words were proclaimed in front of more than one hundred of Virginia's leaders including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Richard Henry Lee.

If you're going....

St. John's Church, 2401 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23223

Sunday, July 31, 2011
Sunday, August 07, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Sunday, September 04, 2011

1-3:00 pm

For more information check the website:  
Historical St. John's Church

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