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African American Civil War Memorial

“Spirit of Freedom”

 

—Civil War to Civil Rights and Beyond —

 
African American Civil War Memorial - "Spirit of Freedom" image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, April 26, 2008
1. African American Civil War Memorial - "Spirit of Freedom"
Inscription. This memorial is dedicated to those who served in the African American units of the Union Army in the Civil War. The 209,145 names inscribed on these walls commemorate those fighters of freedom.

[Names of the officers and enlisted men who served with the 166 regiments of the "United States Colored Troops" and other "African Descent" units during the War of the Rebellion.]
 
Erected 1998 by D.C. Arts and Humanities Commission and Civil War Memorial Freedom Foundation.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Washington, DC African American Heritage Trail marker series.
 
Location. 38° 54.992′ N, 77° 1.559′ W. Marker is in Shaw, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of U Street, NW and Vermont Avenue, NW, on the right when traveling south on U Street, NW. Touch for map. Marker is located in the plaza above the Metrorail subway elevator. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20001, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Camp to Victorian Neighborhood (within shouting
"Civil War to Civil Rights and Beyond. . ." image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, April 26, 2008
2. "Civil War to Civil Rights and Beyond. . ."
distance of this marker); Howard University Sets the Standard (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); We had everything we needed right here (about 300 feet away); Industrial Bank of Washington (about 500 feet away); Scurlock Studio Site (about 500 feet away); Frelinghuysen University/Jesse Lawson and Rosetta C. Lawson (about 600 feet away); Washington Conservatory of Music and School of Expression/Harriet Gibbs-Marscall/Mary P. Burrill (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shaw.
 
Also see . . .
1. African American Civil War Memorial in Wikipedia. (Submitted on May 4, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. The Battle of the Black Civil War Memorial. (Submitted on May 4, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
3. African American Civil War Memorial and Museum. (Submitted on January 16, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Additional keywords. Ed Hamilton, sculptor; United States Colored Troops; USCT; Corps d’Afrique; U.S. Navy; African American Civil
"Spirit of Freedom" - Ed Hamilton, Sculptor. image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, April 26, 2008
3. "Spirit of Freedom" - Ed Hamilton, Sculptor.
War Museum.

 
Categories. African AmericansHeroesMilitaryWar, US Civil
 
African American Civil War Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, April 26, 2008
4. African American Civil War Memorial
View from the corner of U Street and Vermont Avenue, NW. The "Spirit of Freedom" sculpture is visible in middle left, the Prince Hall Masonic Temple Building is in upper right.
The sculptor, Ed Hamilton, delivers "The Spirit of Freedom" image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, July 16, 1998
5. The sculptor, Ed Hamilton, delivers "The Spirit of Freedom"
"The Spirit of Freedom" is lowered into place at the still unfinished memorial image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, July 16, 1998
6. "The Spirit of Freedom" is lowered into place at the still unfinished memorial
Civil War Reenactors, Dedication Parade, 1998 image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, July 16, 1998
7. Civil War Reenactors, Dedication Parade, 1998
Washington DC's "B" Company, 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry on Georgia Avenue.
Wall of Names image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, April 26, 2008
8. Wall of Names
"Who would be free themselves must strike the blow. Better even die free than to live slaves!" Frederick Douglass, March 3, 1863.
The Spirit of Freedom's Black Sailor image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, July 16, 1998
9. The Spirit of Freedom's Black Sailor
Estimates for the number of African Americans in naval service during the Civil War range as high as 30,000. Eight were recipients of the Medal of Honor, but they served in integrated units and were not always identified by race. Their names are not included on this memorial.
Back (south) side of "Spirit of Freedom" image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, July 16, 1998
10. Back (south) side of "Spirit of Freedom"
A family's blessing for a soldier going to war.
African American Civil War Museum (opened 2011) image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, April 15, 2011
11. African American Civil War Museum (opened 2011)
- entrance across Vermont Avenue from the Memorial.
 
 
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