Historic Huguenot Street will be honoring our community’s Black Civil War veterans with a Juneteenth celebration, consisting of a community cookout and a free living-history program with reenactors of the NY US Colored Troops. The NY USCT is a fully equipped Civil War living history group that portrays the unique and distinct African heritage soldiers of the USCT. The NY USCT portrays the 20th, 26th, and 31st regiments that fought in the American Civil War. This group regularly participates in parades, living history encampments and battle reenactments, cultural enrichment events, and historical talks about the NY USCT and its members.
For this event, they will be portraying the NY 20th USCT – the same regiment that New Paltz resident Jacob Wynkoop served in for nearly 2 years. Jacob Wynkoop was one of the first Black community members born free in the town of New Paltz. Wynkoop was also a carpenter and constructed a number of homes on and around Huguenot Street for other members of the Black community, which still stand today. He will be honored and highlighted at this event through an exhibit, which will be on display in the Visitor Center, and two walking tours that will lead visitors to a number of these homes.
The Jacob Wynkoop walking tours will take place at 12:30 PM and 2:00 PM. Tours will begin at the DuBois Fort Visitor. General admission tickets for the tour are $10. Discounts are available for HHS members, seniors, students, and children under the age of 13. Active military members and veterans may attend the tour for free.
Made possible by the “Robert R. Chapman Fund of the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley.”