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Gettysburg National Military Park All Media Artist Residency Gettysburg, PA February 15th – March 12th Queen Esther,  award-winning vocalist, songwriter, recording artist, librettist, playwright, actor is artist-in-residence February-March 2020 at Gettysburg. Gettysburg Pennsylvania—The National Parks Arts Foundation and the National Park Service, and all media welcomes Queen Esther. During her residency, Queen Esther will be presenting her work to the public March 6th 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Museum and Visitors Center. During her residency, she wants to show the world a glimpse of Gettysburg from an African-American perspective. Something that is rarely addressed by historians and Civil War scholars. This is a microcosm of the African’s  history of America, one that desperately needs to be included with the history of Gettysburg as a museum installation, exhibit, and more. Through solo performance, live music, original songs, soundbites/testimonials and imagery, she would tell the story of the community of free African-Americans in Gettysburg and juxtapose the battles that raged on this infamous and blood-soaked battlefield with the fight held against Southern rebels in the more porous areas of south Pennsylvania, a fight that threatened to take them back to the Deep South as contraband. The unraveling of this part of Gettysburg’s history will end with a real rebel’s story, Cathay Williams, a newly freed slave from Independence, Missouri. Unable to find gainful employment in the wake of the Civil War’s demise,  disguised herself as a soldier, switched her name to William Cathay, and was the first African-American woman to join the United States Army. […]