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Remembering Robert Hufford, a Thomas Nelson Jr. re-enactor at St. John’s

RTD reports:

Robert Caldwell Hufford, who formerly portrayed Founding Father, Continental Congress delegate and Yorktown statesman Thomas Nelson Jr. in the re-enactments of Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech at St. John’s Church in Richmond, died of cancer at home in Hopewell.

Steve Hawkins, a fellow re-enactor at St. John’s Church, recalled in an email that “Bob was at one of the public shows, and he approached Kevin Grants, who played George Washington at the show for many years and was the casting director for the show under his own company, The Virginia Patriots. … He asked if he could participate in the re-enactment.

“Kevin gave him a shot [at it] and Bob became a regular for several years, playing Thomas Nelson [a signer of the Declaration of Independence] and, on one occasion, Benjamin Harrison.”

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