Remember Richard Somers in Somers Pt on September 4, The Day He Was Killed in Tripoli in 1804 Fighting First US War Against Jihad.
September 04, 2020
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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At 4pm on Friday, September 4, 2020, we will tell the story of Richard Somers on the day he and all 13 men of his ship Intrepid were killed in Tripoli in 1804. We will gather by his statue in the park next to the Somers Point Library at 801 Shore Road across the street from Charlies on New Jersey Ave. We will also explain the images on the mural painted by Millville Artist Maryann Cannon on the wall of the library. Because of Governor Murphy's shutdowns, we will NOT have our traditional fundraising buffet this year. However, we do ask that you make a donation online or to our address before to help us pay the postage needed to mail 5,000 of the above postcards telling the Richard Somers story. Thanks! Events have been held in Somers Point to remember Richard Somers every September since 2004, the 200th year since his death. Renewed interest in Richard Somers caused the Somers Point Historical Society and local government to erect a statue in his memory at 801 Shore Road in Somers Point in 2013. In 2015, they, together with the Somers Point Arts Commission engaged Millville artist Maryann Cannon to paint a mural telling the Richard Somers story on the wall of the adjoining library. During each of the past sixteen years, we never heard the same story twice. Each year new research and personalities added fresh details to the story and gave us new and interesting insights into every aspect of American life. Click here for 18 details of the story discussed last year.