The Delaware County Historical Society
Fighting for Freedom:
The United States Colored Troops in the Civil War

127th Ohio Volunteer Infantry in Delaware Ohio
Anthony Gibbs - Presenter - Civil War Black History - Delaware County Historical Society - Delaware Ohio

Anthony Gibbs, Local History Department Manager at The Ohio History Connection, and Traveling Artist

March 21st Thursday

Starting at 7pm

William St. U.M. Church Delaware

About the Program

The program is a visit with a civil war soldier from the 127th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.

The war between the North and the South
steps out of the pages of history. 

This program, centering on the African American contributions to the war, shares the basics of the American conflict:

  • Who was involved
  • Where the war took place
  • What was used in the war
  • Why the war started

Learn what made the United States Colored Troops different, and what they accomplished by fighting in the Civil War.  This visit from a Civil War soldier will enhance your knowledge with many visual aids that make history come alive for you.

Fighting For Freedom - Civil War History - Delaware County Historical Society - Delaware Ohio

The 127th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, which became the 5th Regiment United States Colored Infantry, trained at Camp Delaware, near Delaware, Ohio.
This photo of the 127th was taken on Sandusky Street between William and Winter Streets.
The house in the photo has since been replaced by stores. 
From the Delaware County Historical Society collection.  It appears in several collections on the Web. 

Reserve Your Seats

The program is free and open to the public. There will be an opportunity to make a donation, which will help defray the expenses.

To ensure adequate seating, registration and reserved seats required for this program

or Call DCHS at 740-369-3831, ext. 3.

This Program will be held at:

William Street United Methodist Church the church is graciously hosting our programs while The Barn at Stratford is undergoing renovations.

William St Methodist Church Parking - Delaware County Historical Society - Delaware Ohio

Address: 28 W William St, Delaware, OH 43015 Map
Please enter through the main entrance located in Parking Lot #6 on Franklin Street. Elevator is available.

About the Presenter

Anthony Gibbs has traveled throughout the state of Ohio as a teaching artist and living history performer. Anthony has portrayed living history characters such as:

John Parker, an Underground Railroad conductor from Ripley, OH

Milton Holland, a soldier and Medal of Honor recipient of the 5th U.S.C.T

 and other key figures in American History.

Mr. Gibbs is a professional teaching artist who has designed and presented historical programs and character impressions for groups of all ages.  He shares true dramatic stories in schools, libraries, museums, and other venues.  Anthony captures his audiences with spellbinding performances that keep listeners on the edge of their seats.  He is a gifted storyteller and astute in his knowledge of historical content.  He engages the audience in his presentations with his commanding presence, historical knowledge, authentic props, and excellent oratorical skills.  He studied at the Ohio State University in the field of History.  The stories he brings to life are tales of great courage, tireless determination, and long-lasting hope. Anthony loves history and leaves his audiences with a greater respect and appreciation for the power of storytelling and the timeless messages we can all learn from memorable moments of the past.

Mr. Gibbs is the Coordinator of Community Engagement of the Ohio History Connection. He is founder and Creative Director of Historic Impressions. Historic Impressions seeks to create unforgettable experiences through significant stories from the past that give relevant, valuable insights for the present and the future. 

Anthony Gibbs comes to us through the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education.

For more information, please call the society at 740-369-3831, ext. 3., or email .

About The Delaware County Historical Society

The Delaware County Historical Society is a nonprofit institution. Our mission is to promote and sustain interest in the history of Delaware County, Ohio through historical preservation and education.

History Library - Delaware County Historical Society - Delaware Ohio


157 East William Street, Delaware


2690 Stratford Road, Delaware