This event has been canceled due to the rise of identified cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in our area.
All are invited to attend a ceremony marking the bicentennial of the death of naval hero Commodore Stephen Decatur, Jr. at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 22 at St. Peter’s Church. Decatur, who is buried in the St. Peter’s cemetery, was killed in a duel with Commodore James Barron. The White House Historical Association is organizing this special event, which will include an interpretive reading of correspondence between Decatur and Barron that led to the fateful duel, and an honorary wreath laying at Decatur’s gravesite.
Decatur earned his fame through an illustrious naval career, which included the capture of the British warship HMS Macedonian during the War of 1812. He later came to Washington, D.C., to pursue a career in public service, building the first private home in the President’s Neighborhood in 1818-1819. Today, the offices of the White House Historical Association’s National Center for White House History are housed in the Decatur House, which is a property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
If you’d like to attend, please RSVP by Friday, March 13, to MeLisa Zackery at [email protected] or (866) 580-3525.