Grant fought for slaves and shielded them from the Ku Klux Klan, Trimm said. He enacted civil rights laws that were shelved after he left office, only to be resurrected during the days of Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights pioneers.
"He had not a prejudicial bone in his body," Trimm said.
Grant likely picked up those values from his father, who was so strongly opposed to slavery that when Grant married his wife, Julia, his father refused to attend the wedding because Julia's family owned slaves.
Trimm will share such stories when he portrays Fred Grant on Saturday. He's excited to share a side of Grant most people don't know, as is Michelle Gavaletz, the cottage's executive director.
The cottage often does funeral re-enactments that draw big crowds, Gavaletz said. She's hoping this event will do the same, especially since it's a milestone anniversary of Grant's death.
The event costs $5 for adults and $4 for seniors and students. Children under 5 and members of the military are admitted free.