Civil War Monument Project

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The African American Civil War Memorial is located in Washington D.C. and was dedicated in July 1998. This memorial was built to “Correct a great wrong in history that largely ignored the enormous contribution of the 209,145 members of the United States Colored Troops (Memorial website).” The African American Civil War Freedom Foundation was the main contributor to the payment of the Memorial and other donors were big contributors. Memorial still depends on donations from people but now the main source of money comes from the museum they added to the memorial. 

The African American Civil War Freedom Foundation was founded in 1992 to tell the unknown story of the United States Colored Troops (USCT) and their first proposal was to build the African American Civil War Memorial. African American soldiers effort in the civil war is greatly unappreciated and without the African American soldiers the Union might have lost the civil war. But still there are not enough monuments or memorials celebrating the effort of the African American soldiers. So having the African American Civil War Memorial means a lot too many people around the country.

Around the memorial is a wall of honor that displays the names of more than 200,000 African American soldiers who fought for the Union army. In December 2013, police officers were sent to the memorial because gunshots were fired around the memorial. 60 gunshots were fired resulting in damage to the wall of honor. The director of the memorial said, “This [memorial] has been up here for almost 20 years — this is the first time this has happened. This is a safe neighborhood (Lanham).” This was not seen as direct hatred towards the memorial but instead just a gun fight that happen to occur around the memorial.

“Memorial & Museum History.” Afroamcivilwar.org, www.afroamcivilwar.org/about-us/memorial-museum-history.html.
 Lanham, Md. “Gunfire Damages African American Civil War Memorial.” CBS DC, 27 Dec. 2013, washington.cbslocal.com/2013/12/27/gunfire-damages-african-american-civil-war-memorial/.

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