Patrick Henry National Memorial
Wed, May 29, 2019
- 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Naturalization Ceremony on Tuesday, May 29, 2019 at 11 a.m. on the grounds of Red Hill, Henry’s last home and burial place. A more fitting venue than the home of Patrick Henry would be hard to find for welcoming new citizens to the US.
Applicants earn the right to become US citizens by meeting several requirements, one of which is to pass a test demonstrating the applicant’s ability to read, write, and speak basic English. Applicants must also show that they have a basic knowledge of U.S. history. Among the many questions individuals have been given to study has been, “Who declared, ‘Give me liberty or give me death!’?”
The final step in the process of becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen, we welcome citizens to celebrate their new status. Thirty individuals will be sworn in by officials of the U.S. District Court - Western District of Virginia.
Patrick Henry Jolly, Patrick Henry’s fifth great grandson, will portray Henry while speaking to the naturalized citizens as part of the ceremony.
Docents will be available to provide information about Henry’s life. Eighteenth century interpreters will demonstrate blacksmithing and spinning and weaving.
Keynote speaker is Robel J. Hailu.
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Last Updated: 04/11/2019