NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – New Hanover County Public Library will host the one-act play Lt. Flipper’s Trial, written and performed by Bob Rogers, on April 26. The event is free and appropriate for all ages.
Henry Flipper was the first African American to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point, but a court martial based on questionable charges ended his promising military career after a very few years. Bob Rogers’ one-act, one-man play explores this piece of American history.
A native of Thomasville, Georgia, Henry Flipper was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1877 and assigned to the Tenth Regiment of U.S. Cavalry at Fort Sill, Indian Territory (now Oklahoma). Lt. Flipper distinguished himself in the war against Warm Springs Apache Chief Victorio in 1880.
Shortly afterwards, however, Lt. Flipper was accused of embezzlement of government funds. Dismissed from the army in 1882, the 26 year-old contested the charges against him for the rest of his life. His case was finally reviewed more than a century later, his discharge status was changed to honorable, and President Clinton issued an official pardon in 1999.
Bob Rogers is a former U.S. Army captain, paratrooper, and combat veteran of the Vietnam War. Now retired and living in Charlotte, NC, after 33 years with IBM, he volunteers to teach computer and Internet classes for senior citizens. He also pursues his goal of “entertaining to educate” through public speaking engagements and by writing historical novels. The Library’s program will include a brief reading from First Dark: A Buffalo Soldier’s Story. Copies will be available for purchase and autographing.
New Hanover County Public Library seeks to support a vibrant and culturally diverse community through its information resources, special collections, and free cultural and educational programming. To learn more about New Hanover County’s four public library buildings and extensive online resources call 910-798-6301 or visit www.nhclibrary.org.
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