April 2018 NewsFlash

The Columns Museum Offers Dinner and a Lecture to Note Lincoln’s Assassination

On Saturday April 14th, a day which marks exactly 153 years since the fateful night President Lincoln was shot at Ford’s Theater, the Columns Museum, home to the famed blood-stained Lincoln Flag, will host dinner with a program by Joe Becton.
Becton is a leading member of the 3rd Regiment United States Colored Troops and avid Civil War and American Revolution re-enactor and educator. He owns and operates Becton Tours in Philadelphia and has received much acclaim for his role in enlightening and engaging his clients while detailing the roles of the African American soldiers both on and off the battlefields.
Milford has a close connection to the story Joe tells, as the war widow Sarah Davis, who’s husband Abraham served in the Civil War’s U.S. Colored Troops, came to Milford and purchased a home with the pension she acquired for Abraham’s service. We can follow the Davis Family through four generations, living on West High Street, each of her descendants adding their own story to the struggle of early race relations in predominantly white bread Milford. The Columns Museum is proud to tell the Davis-Bailey Family’s story through an exhibit at the Museum, and very happy to have Joe Becton on hand on April 14th to enlighten folks further about the role of the Colored Soldier in our nation’s history.
Becton tells the stories of black soldiers erased by history through his research and programs. He works to educate his audience about what came before them. “Sometimes we forget where we have come from.” Says Becton. “We forget all the great heroes who were our ancestors, and we forget all their sacrifices for our nation.”
Becton, a native of Philadelphia, was first introduced to history by his father, who taught the subject in the city’s school system. As he got older, he began to believe the history he was taught had been manipulated. “A lot of people view the narrative as African’s being brought here, enslaved, and tortured; that we were evil, uncivilized creatures,” he says. “The narrative of African American history is mixed with myths and lies – that the war was about freedom, not independence.” Becton has set out to set the historical record straight and does so in the most charming and engaging way.
Join us for a lecture you won’t want to miss! The event begins at 6:00pm on Saturday April 14th.
$40 includes the program, dinner, dessert and coffee.
Reservations are required and can be obtained by calling 570-296-8126 or emailing
As a special nod to all the re-enactors out there, if you attend in uniform we will discount your ticket price. All proceeds go directly to the fund for the preservation and stabilization of the Lincoln Flag and the Gourlay Collection.

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