African American Civil War Memorial and Freedom Foundation celebrates 20th Anniversary

Addis DC

Marquett Milton, a Civil War reenactor, stands watch at the African American Civil War Memorial in Washington, DC. He is portraying a member of the United States Colored Troops, which was a part of the Union army during the Civil War. He is wearing a skyblue greatcoat, which was used during the winter months. Milton is also a volunteer at the African American Civil War Museum, which is across the street from the Memorial-photo-pd

Washington DC (Little Ethiopia)-The African American Civil War Memorial Freedom Foundation is celebrating its 20th Anniversary for the next 4 days in the District of Columbia and the sister-city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This organization has been a great source of inspiration for the recent comers from Africa, the Caribbeans and other nations.

According to the web page of the African American Civil War Memorial, it was incorporated in 1992 to tell the largely unknown story of the United States Colored Troops (USCT). "  As a tribute to these soldiers, the African American Civil War Memorial was dedicated in July of 1998 under the leadership of Dr. Frank Smith Jr.  In honor of these American soldiers who fought for freedom during the American Civil War, the Spirit of Freedom: African American Civil War Memorial sculpture and its Wall of Honor, was situated in the heart of the historic “U” Street district, and serves as a reminder of the courageous story of the USCT.  The sculpture portrays uniformed soldiers and a sailor at a height of ten feet with a family depicted on the back of the sculpture, and is situated in the center of a granite-paved plaza, encircled on three sides by the Wall of Honor. The wall lists the names of 209,145 USCT drawn from the official records of the Bureau of United States Colored Troops at the National Archives, on 166 burnished stainless steel plaques arranged by regiment."

Little Ethiopia DC congratulates the Board of Directors, Dr. Frank Smith ( the founder ), the hard working Civil War Enactors and the staff members. It also expresses its gratitude for giving the Ethiopian community  opportunities to say thank you to the African American Civil War Veterans who fought for freedom and the Ethiopian veterans who fought for freedom in the Ethiopian wars of " Adwa" and  the Italo-Abyssinian War of the 1935-41.

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