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“The Life and Times of William Webb: An African-American Civil War Soldier from Connecticut”

May 21 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Mill Hill Historic Park, 2 East Wall St.
Norwalk, CT 06851 United States

In person performance

The Norwalk Historical Society will present Kevin Johnson as William Webb, an African-American Civil War Soldier from Connecticut, in the old town meetinghouse at Mill Hill Historic Park, 2 East Wall Street in Norwalk, CT on Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 2:00pm.

Tickets are $5.00 per person and can be purchased at:

Private Webb was an actual soldier, a native of Hartford. He was recruited in 1863 and served in the Twenty-Ninth (Colored) Regiment, Connecticut Volunteer Infantry in several battles in Virginia. Johnson’s presentation of Webb is told from an emotional and exciting first-person perspective that vividly illustrates the struggle of the African-Americans in the Colored Infantry during the Civil War. He tells of his early life in Hartford, his recruitment and training, and the traumatic final battles of the Civil War. The presentation is based on extensive research in the collections of the Connecticut State Library and the Museum of Connecticut History at 231 Capitol Ave, opposite the State Capitol in Hartford.

About the presenter: Kevin Johnson is an employee of the State Library’s History and Genealogy Unit. He has been presenting William Webb for more than 20 years and has given more than 600 presentations. The Connecticut State Library provides high quality library and information services to state government and the citizens of Connecticut. It also preserves and makes accessible the records of Connecticut’s history and heritage. The focus of the Museum and its collections is Connecticut’s government, military and industrial history. Permanent and changing exhibits trace the growth of the State and its role in the development of the nation from the Colonial era to the present.

Mill Hill Historic Park is located at 2 East Wall Street in Norwalk, CT. Handicapped and limited mobility parking on site. General parking is at the HSC building on the corner of East Wall Street and Park Street. Follow blue parking signs.


Norwalk Historical Society


Mill Hill Historic Park
2 East Wall St.
Norwalk, CT 06851 United States
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