A meeting of the Williamsburg Chapter was turned into a re-enactment of a scene that took place on March 23, 1775 – the 2nd Virginia Convention of the House of Burgesses in St. John’s Church in Richmond, VA. Many members reported present as delegates from various stated counties of Virginia. Chapter President William Greaf represented Peyton Randolph, President of the House of Burgesses, Harley Stewart represented Edmund Pendleton, and Joseph Bromfield represented Patrick Henry, delegate from Hanover County. Being duly recognized, Henry presented his resolution to raise a militia in Virginia. Patrick Henry then proceeded to deliver his immortal speech in favor of the resolution, which ended with “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death.” The meeting will be long remembered by the chapter.
The photo shows Peyton Randolph (aka William Greaf, Chapter President) presenting a Certificate of Appreciation and a Jefferson cup to Patrick Henry (aka Joseph Bromfield).
Joseph Bromfield began doing reenactments in January 2017 with the St. John’s Church Foundation alternating between the roles of Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry. Since then, Bromfield has performed Patrick Henry’s ‘Liberty or Death’ speech for thousands of school children, Virginians, and patriots the world over. He has performed for Governor and First Lady Northam as well as new American citizens in a Naturalization Ceremony held at St. John’s Church.
Submitted by: Harley Stewart