The New Milford Historical Society & Museum will hold "A Rough Road to Freedom," a special day of events, Nov. 17.

Festivities will be offered in front of the Lincoln memorial just below the museum's buildings on Aspetuck Avenue, near the north end of the Village Green.

Activities will kick off with the singing of "Old-Time Gospel Hymns" at 12:30 p.m., followed by an opening ceremony featuring speeches by honored guests and the unveiling of the "A Rough Road to Freedom" sculpture designed and donated to the town by local artist Ray Crawford.

Howard Wright, a Lincoln impersonator, will read the "Gettysburg Address" and the Emancipation Proclamation, as well as readings from Lincoln's letters and papers of 1863, and Ray D. Smith, a Civil War re-enactor, will stand in his Civil War Uniform as the Honor Guard to Lincoln from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. inside the museum.

Kathleen Zuris will give a talk on the 29th Connecticut Colored Regiment from 2:15 to 3 p.m.

At least 12 New Milford men were part of this regiment.

Refreshments will be served and the opening of "Black Life in the History of New Milford" will be offered at 3 p.m.

In addition to the "Rough Road" offerings, a Field of Flags is on display on the museum's property.

For more information, or to RSVP to the special event, call 860-354-3069.