Mr. John Lewis, History teacher at Washington & Lee High School, and his students, Joshua Harrison, Emily McGinness, Emmaleigh Ondovcik, and Carlee Slater were featured in the February 25, 2017 “Commemoration of the 1766 Leedstown Resolutions.” Hosted by the Northern Neck of Virginia Historical Society and sponsored by Peoples Community Bank, the students delighted the large crowd of over 90 persons gathered at Stratford Hall for the program.
Joining the Living History Interpreters, the students and interpreters presented “A 21st Century Interpretation of an 18th Century Document.” The program featured a present day “town hall meeting” with discussions concerning the 1765 Stamp Act, which was passed by the British parliament and required all American colonists to pay a tax on printed papers.
The students and the interpreters debated the pros and cons of those who supported the 1765 Stamp Act versus those who were in support of the proposal to prevent the stamp act.
The Leedstown Resolutions was the first organized protest of the “taxation without representation.” 115 strong patriots from the Northern Neck, pledged to “bind ourselves to each other…with our lives and fortunes.” Richard Henry Lee, of Stratford, wrote the proposal.
Mrs. Kathy Schuder, Executive Director of the Northern Neck of Virginia Historical Society, noted that the Society “was absolutely delighted to have the Washington & Lee High School students participate. Their stellar performance, under the direction of John Lewis, was enjoyed by all guests who attended.”
Westmoreland County Public Schools applauds the stellar efforts of its students in this endeavor.