African American Civil War Museum: 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Memorial and MuseumFrom 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Please join the Board of Directors and Dr. Frank Smith, Founding Director of the African American Civil War Memorial and Freedom Foundation at the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum, July 18-21, 2018. Come and enjoy four days of activities and programs that will memorialize the role of the Museum in preserving the history and legacy of the United States Colored Troops.1925 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
July 18, 1998, 20 years ago, the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum opened its doors in the historic U Street section of Washington. From the beginning, the Civil War Memorial project had two objectives. One objective was to correct a great wrong in history and the second was to contribute to the economic revitalization of the U Street/Shaw community. Over the period, we have succeeded in changing the narrative of the Civil War to include messages about the role of the United States ColoredTroops (USCT) in ending slavery and keeping America united under one flag. Today U Street is a diverse, economically healthy community where people live, worship, have meaningful jobs and work together.
On July 18, 2018, thousands of friends, neighbors and descendants of USCT soldiers will descend upon The African American Civil War Memorial and Museum in Washington D. C. to celebrate its 20th Anniversary with a series of events featuring:
- A Kickoff Celebration at 11:00 am July 18, 2018, with several elected officials both local and national.
- A Civil War Themed Prayer Breakfast at Unity of Washington, DC, a church located on the famed “Camp Barker Contraband Site.”
- A line-up of esteemed scholars and historians for a “George Washington Williams” Lecture Series including Dr. David Blight, Dr. Edna Green Medford, Dr. Charles Verharen, Dr. Gregg Carr, Dr. Josh Myers.
- Two days of Living History Presentations hosted by famed author, TV host and descendant Cheryl Wills, including “Bearing Witness” presentations by descendants, and School of the Soldier Presentations and Drills.
- A 20th Anniversary Awards Gala Presentation to be held at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on Friday, July 20th, 6:30 pm-10:30 pm.
- Special Presentation on the Grimke Building museum expansion plans scheduled for completion in 2020.
- July 21st Closing Ceremony that includes inauguration of an historic George Washington Williams Heritage Trail march from Howard University to the African American Civil War Memorial for a Rally on the High Ground and closing Reception.
“We have had twenty good years of progress, growth and development, the future looks bright, and it’s time to celebrate our path to progress as we plan for the future,” said Frank Smith, Founding Director.
To Register for the 20th Anniversary Celebration, please click REGISTER or contact the museum at 202-667-2667.