For Veterans Day weekend 2017, the New-York Historical Society Museum takes a deep dive into the legacy of African-Americans who have served in American wars. Museum admission is FREE on November 11, and FREE for veterans all weekend.
Portrayed by Living Historians from the American Revolution (Nov 10), the US Civil War (Nov 11) and WW1 (Nov 12).
Friday, November 10:
The American Revolution Join the 1st Rhode Island Regiment in the struggle for Independence! The 1st RI portrays the Continental Army's historic “Black Regiment,” which was formed in part by African or First Nation slaves when they reinforced a dwindling Continental Army in 1778.
Saturday, November 11:
The American Civil War Fight for the Union with the 6th Regiment of Infantry, United States Colored Troops! The 6th USCT honors African Americans who joined the Army, like many others, after Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation in 1863.
Sunday, November 12:
The First World War Jump into the trenches with the Ebony Doughboys! You might know them as the ‘Harlem Hellfighters,’ but the Ebony Doughboys portray the real 369th Regiment U.S. Infantry. They originally named themselves ‘the Rattlers’ and shipped out to France in 1917—100 years ago!