Today in 1863: Abolitionist and former slave James Montgomery leads 300 African-American troops of the Union Army’s 2nd South Carolina Volunteers on a raid of plantations along the Combahee River.
Meanwhile, backed by three gunboats, Harriet Tubman’s forces set fire to the plantations and freed 750 slaves.
It’s today’s Action Calendar!
Tonight, Wisconsin Bike Fed hosts Savvy City Cycling – a free bicycle commuting workshop for beginners. Learn safety, rules of the road, and share tips and tricks for making your bike part of your daily life. This is from 6 to 9pm at Madison Public Library, 201 West Mifflin. For more info, visit wisconsinbikefed.org/events.
Tonight, 350 Madison hosts “Tar Sands Crude comes to Wisconsin.” With Wisconsin a major hub in the transport network for crude oil from Alberta and North Dakota, learn about the industry’s plans for expansion and what citizens can do to protect our land and waters. Author Margaret Swedish will discuss her travels in the Alberta tar sands industrial region and the impact of the industry on the boreal forest and the river’s watershed. This is from 7 to 8:30pm at Friends Meetinghouse, 1704 Roberts Court. More info at 350madison.wordpress.com.
This Thursday is a Dane County Watershed Network Gathering, focused on “Creative Placemaking.” This is Thursday, June 5th, from 6 to 8:30pm at Tenney Park, 402 North Thornton Avenue. There’s an optional walking tour of “Reflections from the Banks of the Yahara River” at 5pm, leaving from Rutledge and the Yahara and ending at Tenney Park. To RSVP and for more info, call Susan at 608-224-3764.