“with the heart of lions”: Black Soldiers, the Civil War, and Monuments
Renée Ater, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Emerita, University of Maryland
October 7, 2019
The Ritz-Carlton Boston
10 Avery Street
Boston, MA 02111
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In this talk, Dr. Renée Ater engages late 20-century monuments to the United States Colored Troops (USCT). These monuments are located in diverse spaces and reveal for contemporary audiences the bravery and honorable conduct of the USCT during the American Civil War. Dialoging in complex ways with the landscape and geography around them, these monuments foreground black soldiers as key to the destruction of slavery and the victory of the Union Army. The monuments considered in today’s talk include the African American Civil War Memorial in Washington, DC; the Soldier’s Memorial at Lincoln University in Missouri; the 2nd Infantry, U.S. Colored Troops Monument in Fort Meyers, Florida; the United States Colored Troops Monument in the Nashville National Cemetery; and the African American Monument at the Vicksburg National Military Park in Mississippi.
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