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Please join us on Thursday, February 25th at 6 PM EST
for a special virtual presentation on the US Colored Troops
in the Civil Warby Living Historian Hugh Goffinet!

Register below to receive the Zoom link by filling out the form below.

This is made possible in partnership with the Bessie Smith Cultural Center
and in celebration of Black History Month, sponsored by
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee.

“Once let the black man get upon his person the brass letters U.S., let him get an eagle on his button, and a musket on his shoulder, and bullets in his pocket, and there is no power on the earth or under the earth that can deny that he has earned the right to citizenship.”  Frederick Douglass, April 6, 1863

Hugh Goffinet, a specialist in the USCT and a student at Howard University, will discuss the contributions of Black veterans during the American Civil War.  These Black servicemen sacrificed greatly in their noble war against the institution of slavery in the United States.  Through their devotion to the cause of freedom and liberty, the USCT helped ensure that this country lived up to the idea that “all men are created equal.”  Their service helped push the United States forward on a long road to progress that is still being realized to this day.  There were 25 Medals of Honor awarded to African Americans during the Civil War with 14 from the Battle of New Market Heights alone.

This lecture and Q&A will allow you to experience one of the Living History Virtual Classes offered to educators and students locally and across the country from the National Medal of Honor Heritage Center!  This event on Thursday, February 25th at 6 PM EST is open to the public but advanced registration is required on the form below to receive the Zoom link.

Educators, interested in bringing a Living History Virtual Class with Hugh to your students?  Sign up HERE and learn more about our other classes on the Civil War, WWI, and WWII.