Praise for Natchez U.S. Colored Troops Monument Project
I’m happy to report that the Natchez U.S. Colored Troops Monument Project has growing support, and our work is being recognized and supported by experts in the field. For example, we recently heard from Dr. Holly A. Pinheiro, Jr., assistant professor of African American History at Furman University. He graciously provided compelling comments about the monument project. Dr. Pinheiro is the author of “The Families' Civil War: Black Soldiers and The Fight for Racial Justice” (University of Georgia Press, 2022). He shared the following:
“A monument recognizing and honoring the sacrifices of USCT soldiers is critical to providing a more accurate and meaningful remembrance of the Civil War. Benjamin Harrison, while President-elect, even made the point that USCT regiments were important contributors to the war. For me, I have always wondered why there aren't more monuments to honor the USCT, which in turn, honors their communities and visibly proves their importance to American history, then and now.
“Personally, I'm excited to learn about the work that your organization is doing to honor USCT regiments. I hope that others can follow your endeavors to recenter conversation on the Black military experience. I'm also thrilled to see that you are looking for the descendants of the soldiers as well because their histories are just as important.”
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For information on Dr. Pinheiro’s book, visit here: https://ugapress.org/book/9780820361956/the-families-civil-war