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April 30, 2010

Colonial Williamsburg observes National Day of Prayer on May 6

On Thursday, May 6, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the nation will observe the National Day of Prayer.

At 1 p.m. at the Courthouse steps in Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area, costumed interpreters will read the 1774 Proclamation of a Day of Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer, made by the Virginia legislature in support of Boston residents living near the port which had been closed by British authorities in response to the Boston Tea Party.

The ceremony is free and open to the public.

Unofficial national prayer days originated in the 18th century. Although a National Day of Prayer was not signed into law until 1952 by President Harry Truman, the First Continental Congress called for one in 1775. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan designated that the day would fall on the first Thursday in May annually. Each year, the president signs a proclamation encouraging all Americans to pray for the nation on this day.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at

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