Last year, DSDI as well as the Virginia Society of DSDI, financially supported a major renovation of Historic St. John’s Church in Richmond, Virginia. As a thank you, DSDI members were invited in August to attend a reenactment at the church of Patrick Henry’s famous “Give me liberty or give me death” speech at the 2nd Virginia Convention on March 23, 1775.
The seasoned history-loving reenactors brought to life the passionate discussions that led the Colonies to seek independence from the tyranny of English rule. Afterwards, members enjoyed congregating in the church parish hall for refreshments and an opportunity to talk with the re-enactors who stayed in character.
St. John’s Church was presented with a DSDI plaque commemorating Patrick Henry’s famous words. If your travels ever take you to Richmond, make sure to put St. John’s Church on your list of sights to see. If you have children or grandchildren with you, ask them to find the two DSDI plaques. Hint: One is at the gravesite of Signer George Wythe and the other is inside the church.
Lawrence “Laurie” M. Croft