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April 24, 2007

National Day of Prayer program explores the importance of a faith of a nation

Colonial Williamsburg will celebrate the National Day of Prayer with special programs Thursday, May 3 at the Courthouse in the Historic Area.

“The National Day of Prayer is an opportunity for each citizen to take a moment and reflect on the country’s past, present and future, as well as their own faith,” said John Turner of Colonial Williamsburg’s public history department.

At 12:30 p.m., Colonial Williamsburg interpreter James Ingram portrays Gowan Pamphlet, an 18th-century African American Baptist preacher. Pamphlet presents his views on the power and importance of prayer and his perspective on the decision of the burgesses to pronounce June 1, 1774, as a day of “Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer” in support of the citizens of Boston, whose port was closed in response to the Boston Tea Party. Pamphlet also will share his hopes, dreams and prayers for the future.

At 1 p.m., guests are invited to the front of the Courthouse to listen to proclamations of prayer, from both 1774 and modern day. No ticket is required.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of
our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture — stories of our journey to become Americans. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for
its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. Williamsburg is located 150 miles south
of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information or reservations, call toll-free
1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg on the Internet at

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