|Friday, Aug 23, 2013|
Lincoln Home National Historic Site honored the contributions and sacrifices of the United States Colored Troops in a program entitled “Lincoln, Colored Warriors, and the Spirit of Freedom” on Saturday, August 3rd.
Lincoln Home NHS partnered with community mentoring programs including, The Outlet, Phi Beta Sigma-Springfield, Springfield Frontiers, and Project Ready-Springfield Urban League to present the youth component of the larger event.
Youth activities included visiting Civil War encampments and listening to presentations about the Underground Railroad and the United States Colored Troops. The youth also practiced marching in preparation for a police-escorted parade through downtown Springfield from Lincoln Home NHS to the Old State Capitol State Historic Site with Civil War reenactors.
The day ended with a ceremony at Springfield’s Oak Ridge Cemetery, where the youth placed flags at the graves of United States Colored Troops and other Civil War soldiers.
This program was presented by many community partners, including the Abraham Lincoln Association, the Old State Capitol State Historic Site, the Sangamon County Historical Society, the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area, Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum, and the United States Colored Troops Living History Association.
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