Legacies of Black Veterans

Join us to honor the 200,000 pioneering Soldiers of the United States Colored Troops (USCT). Authors, scholars and descendants will discuss the USCT’s critical contributions to the Union’s victory in the Civil War, share lesser-known pieces of history and feature musical performances and a poetry reading from the works of Paul Laurence Dunbar. Through the generous support of Battelle and Northwest Bank this event is free for all attendees, but registration is required.

Joining us that afternoon include:

  • Moderator Eric Gnezda, singer and Emmy-nominated creator and host of the PBS program, “Songs at the Center”
  • Donna and William Burtch, NVMM members and sibling coauthors of “W.G.: The Opium-addicted Pistol Toting Preacher Who Raised the First Federal African American Union Troops”
  • Dr. Kelly Mezurek, renowned USCT scholar and author of “For Their Own Cause: The 27th United States Colored Troops”
  • Dale A. Henry, former Mayor of Springfield, OH, U.S. Army Veteran, descendant of a USCT Soldier, and president of The Gammon House
  • Performance by Shaun Booker, the Empress of Beale Street and Columbus Blues Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Performance by Arkadiy Gips, Ukrainian born violinist

While tickets to the Museum are not included in this event, attendees are invited to purchase admission tickets and explore the Museum after the performances.

The United States Colored Troops were regiments of African American soldiers in the U.S. military created after the Emancipation Proclamation who fought for the Union in then Civil War.

These men fought in some of the most important battles in the war such as Antietam and Gettysburg and were integral in delivering a Union victory.

Learn more about the United States Colored Troops at the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum.

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February 26, 2023


2:00 pm

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