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The African American Civil War Memorial

Updated: Jan 29, 2020

The African American Civil War Memorial, at the corner of Vermont Avenue, 10th St, and U Street NW in Washington, D.C., commemorates the service of 209,145 African-American soldiers and sailors who fought for the Union in the American Civil War.

The African American civil war Memorial and museum.

When the Civil War began in 1861 there were more than 4.2 million African American living in the USA and 3.8 million were enslaved, worth approximately 6 billion in 1860 currency.

Despite the urging of Fredrick Douglass and others, president Lincoln wouldn’t allow blacks fight until it become clear that the union wouldn’t be preserved without the aid of the black soldiers. the emancipation proclamation promised freedom but in order to guarantee freedom blacks would have first need to help the union win the war over the confederacy.

May 22,1863 the bureau of the first colored troops was established to recruit, trian, outfit and deploy what would become a force of 200.000 African American soldiers.

The African American civil war memorial and museum was built to honor those who scarified their soul in order to keep the union.

Slavery to freedom

The African American civil war memorial uses historic documents, photographs, exhibits and oral histories to tell the stories of the 209.145 names inscribed in the wall of honor and their descendants. The museum is open six days and employs a staff of professionals and core of docents. The museum is a also generously supported by a number of volunteers ,re-enactors and partnership

When you visit the African American museum, you are presented with the story of a vital segment of the American history through a series of exhibits arranged around the theme "Glorious march to liberty: civil war to civil rights "

The Making of The Memorial

On October 14.1992, president Gorge H.W. Bush signed legislation authorizing the creation of the African American civil war. This is the only national memorial to honor the contributions of the 166 regiments comprising the US colored troops (USCT) and sailors during the civil war. Inscribed on the wall of honor are the names of more than 200,000 African American soldiers 7,000 white officers and 2,145 Hispanic surnames, who bravely fought the forces tearing the union apart.

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