This weekend, learn about the impact made on war efforts by black soldiers throughout American history during the Old Barracks Museum’s America, We Served!: Three Centuries of African-American Soldiers event.
African-American historians, reenactors and veterans will present artifacts, information and insight highlighting the integral role African-Americans had in the nation’s history.
The Revolutionary War will be represented by the predominately African-American Rhode Island Regiment. The Civil War will be represented by The 6th Regiment United States Colored Troops. World War II will be represented by The 5th Platoon. Other authentically kitted out reenactors will represent the War of 1812, the Buffalo Soldiers of the American West and the Harlem Hellfighters of World War I fame.
On Saturday, Feb. 25 at 2:30 p.m., Jeffrey T. Sammons, a New York University history professor Professor, will give a lecture on his book Harlem’s Rattlers and the Great War: The Undaunted 369th Regiment and the African-American Quest for Equality.
On Sunday, Feb. 26, at the top of every hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., actor Chadd Gray will perform a 20-minute vignette on the life of Eugene Bullard, the first black fighter pilot.
Tours of the Old Barracks Museum are included in the admission price. Special admission rates apply for this weekend: $4 for adults, $2 for seniors/students and free for children 6 and under as well as active duty military.
The Old Barracks Museum is located at 101 Barrack Street, Trenton. Parking is available in the small lot next to the museum, in the Capitol Complex and in Trenton city parking lots. For more information call (609) 396-1776 or visit barracks.org.