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Reintroducing: The African American Civil War Memorial

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Welcome to Hidden Memorials, a series that gives a brief introduction to the city's more obscure monuments, memorials and statues.


U street is an amalgamation of bars, restaurants and great living spaces, but tucked away from the noise lies a hidden gem that's rich in culture and gives a rare glance at an often forgotten group of soldiers. The African American Civil War Memorial, which was unveiled in 1998, serves as a remembrance of the United States Colored Troops (USCT), with a sculpture of soldiers surrounded by a wall that lists over 200,000 USCT soldiers. The monument also features a small museum, opened in 1999, that offers guided tours and previews related artifacts from the era.
—Danielle Cralle
[Image via Scott M on Flickr]