Four Centuries of African American Soldiers – Day 1
February 29 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Celebrate Black History Month with us at The Old Barracks Museum! Come hear
about the brave African American soldiers that helped shape our nation’s
history! Learn about the integral role they played in our military, from
the earlydays of our nation’s infancy all the way up to World War II! Meet
the dedicated reenactors and living historians who will be exhibiting
throughout the day, sharing their knowledge and passion about African
American military history with our visitors. Represented regiments will
include The Harlem Hellfighters of WWI, the 6th Regiment USCT of the Civil
War, the 369th Regiment portrayed by Ebony Doughboys, and others. You will
not want to miss this unique and educational experience, great for the
Included in regular cost of admission.
11am – “Stories of the 54th”, Sergeant Major Louis Carter Jr. 54th Mass.
Vol. Reg., Co. B
Reenactor MSG Lou Carter shares the true stories of the famous 54th
Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment that was featured in the movie “Glory”.
1:15pm – “They Were Good Soldiers”, Mr. John Rees
Historian John U. Rees discusses the contributions of African American
Soldiers in the Continental Army from his book “They Were Good Soldiers”.
2:15pm – “The 5th Platoon”, Sgt. Arthur Collins Sr.
US Marine Corps Veteran and Reenactor Sgt. Art Collins recalls the exploits
of the Black GI’s who served during World War II.
3pm – Four Centuries of African American Soldiers Firing Line
Four Centuries of African American Soldiers fire a salute to the fallen
heroes who faithfully served in the Armed Forces of the United States.
Programming Continues on Sunday, March 1.