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A Question of Religious Freedom: The 1773 Baptist Preacher Trials

Event Type: Adult Program
Age Group(s): Adult
Date: 10/26/2023
Start Time: 6:30 PM
End Time: 7:30 PM
 Join us on Thursday, October 26th at 6:30 PM at Yorktown Library for an interactive historical performance of the 1773 Baptist Preacher Trial that led the colonists on the path toward our shared religious freedom. Registration is not required to attend. This event is hosted by the Yorktown 250th Anniversary Committee. Sponsors of the program include York County Arts Commission and VA250Commission. For more information, contact the Watermen’s Museum at 757-887-2641 or by visiting

Description: The year is 1773, a minister must obtain an official license from British Crown authorities to preach in public. Archibald Cary, the magistrate of Chesterfield County, is arresting individuals who openly break this law. Citizens across the countryside begin to question the Crown’s authority to regulate religious teachings. Do British authorities have the right to tell someone how they may practice their religious beliefs? Must an individual pay taxes in support of a church that they do not belong to? The question comes to trial at Chesterfield Courthouse June 4, 1773… what will be the outcome? (Source: Virginia 250 website,
Library: Yorktown Library    Map
Location: Auditorium
Contact: York County Public Library
Contact Number: 757-890-5207