Saturday, December 23, 2017

Their Name Is On the Wall

(Posted on Facebook December 18, 2017)
Millions of people have visited the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, DC which opened last year. But few people know of the African American Civil War Museum & Memorial in mid-town Washington, DC.

In the photo is Luanne from Illinois. On Saturday December 16th 2017 she visited the African American Civil War Museum & Memorial in Washington, DC to find the name of her great-great grandfather Reuben Robbins, whose name is on the memorial because he is a veteran of the US Civil War, an African descendant who was part of the US Colored Troops (in the photo she is also seen holding a photo of him). She also found out that he had two brothers who also served in the United States Colored Troops, also known as the USCT.

The USCT were responsible for capturing Richmond, Virginia on April 3rd 1865 to end the US Civil War. At that time Richmond, VA was the capital of the confederate states of America, commonly known as the Confederacy, and the Confederacy fought in opposition to the United States of America, commonly known as the Union. The USCT were the only successful fighting force to capture Richmond, VA and their victory produced the surrender of Confederate General Robert E. Lee days later at the Appomattox Court House.

This part of history has been forgotten but stands as evidence that African descendant people fought to free themselves from abuse and slavery. You can learn more from the museum's website:

Do you have a descendant listed on the wall?

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