Plainville Historical Society to tell story of Black Civil War soldier William Webb

Published on Wednesday, 10 November 2021 11:46


PLAINVILLE – The Plainville Historical Society will offer its first program of the year Nov. 16, which will see Kevin Johnson from the Connecticut State Library's History and Genealogy Unit portraying and telling the story of Black Civil War soldier William Webb.

The program, “The Life and Times of William Webb,” will be held at 7 p.m. at the Historic Center at 29 Pierce St. Johnson will tell Webb's life story from a first-person perspective. Rosemary Morante, recording secretary with the Plainville Historical Society, said the presentation is based on "extensive research" using collections at the Connecticut State Library and the Museum of Connecticut History.

“Kevin is supposed to be very good,” she said. “I've spoken to a number of people who have seen him do this presentation and they have all said great things about his work.”

Webb, a native of Hartford, served in the 29th Colored Regiment of the Connecticut Volunteer Infantry. The program will highlight the struggle of Black soldiers serving in the infantry. It will also cover Webb's early life, recruitment and training as well as the traumatic final battles of the Civil War.

Morante added that Nancy Eberhardt, the late former president of the Plainville Historic Center who died this August, had been working on putting the program together all summer.

This program will be the first of several upcoming programs, with more tentatively scheduled to start up next year in 2022.

"We're starting to pick our programs back up, but between covid-19 and losing Nancy things have been difficult."

The "The Life and Times of William Webb" program is open to the public, but precautions will be taken due to covid-19. Attendees are asked to wear a mask at all times.

In addition, the Plainville Historical Society also asks those who wish to attend the program register in advance by emailing Emails should include the person's name, phone number, email address and number of people coming to the program with them who wish to sit together. Space will be limited, so by pre-registering the Plainville Historical Society will be able to set up a seating plan in advance of the program. Registration confirmation will be sent by email.

For more information on the Plainville Historical Society, visit or call 860-747-6577.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Plainville on Wednesday, 10 November 2021 11:46. Updated: Wednesday, 10 November 2021 11:48.