African American Civil War Memorial & Museum, Washington DC

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The African American Civil War Memorial Museum, in the U Street district of Washington, D.C., recognizes the contributions of the 209,145 members of the United States Colored Troops (USCT). The eponymous memorial, dedicated in July 1998 by the African American Civil War Memorial Freedom Foundation, commemorates the service of 209,145 African-American soldiers and about 7,000 white and 2,145 Hispanic soldiers, together with the approximate 20,000 unsegregated Navy sailors, who fought for the Union in the American Civil War, mostly among the 175 regiments of United States Colored Troops.

The Memorial is at the corner of Vermont Avenue, 10th Street, and U Street NW in Washington, D.C. It holds a 9-foot bronze statue, The Spirit of Freedom, by Ed Hamilton of Louisville, Kentucky, commissioned by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities in 1993 and completed in 1997. The memorial includes a walking area with curved panel short walls inscribed with the names of the men who served in the war.

The Museum is across the street from the Memorial, at 1925 Vermont Ave. NW. Plans are in place for it to move into the former Grimké School, at 1923 Vermont Ave. NW. As of 2018 the Museum is housed in the former gymnasium of the school, which was converted into an office building in the 1980s.
Both are served by the U Street station on the Washington Metro, served by the Yellow and Green Lines.
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  • What a fascinating place. Lots of information about Black soldiers and sailors—and not just during the Civil War. The Civil War is clearly the main focus, but there's also a some information on the....  more
    What a fascinating place. Lots of information about Black soldiers and sailors—and not just during the Civil War. The Civil War is clearly the main focus, but there's also a some information on the....  more »
  • This was an excellent trip where we visited lots of museums and monuments. We loved seeing the history of our country. 
    This was an excellent trip where we visited lots of museums and monuments. We loved seeing the history of our country.  more »
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  • I arrived in the midst of the museums relocation and was given a personal tour around the exhibits that were still available. Very informative and am excited to visit at the new and expanded location.
  • It is an AMAZING museum...I was truly emotional in certain areas of the museum. I look forward to going back again in the near future

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