Nace’s Day celebrates 150 years
Joyce White, left, and Robert Chase lead the Nace’s Day Parade in period costume Saturday, Nov. 4, in Trappe. White and Chase are among the many “Nace” descendants, “Nace” being the nickname for Nathaniel Hopkins, who was enslaved, went off to fight in the Civil War, came back to Trappe and founded the town’s first African-American school, among other things. Every year, “Uncle Nace” led an Emancipation Parade through town, wearing his Civil War uniform until his death. This year, his descendants marked the 150th anniversary of the parade.