History Workshop Helps Charleston Honor Black Civil War Soldiers

Carol Poplin and John Cason, of Brockington’s History Workshop division, were honored to take part in a special project of the mayor of Charleston, Joe Riley, that was unveiled at the historic Battery on July 21, 2013. The Sunday ceremony was to recognize and commemorate the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, an all-black unit in the Civil War. This unit attacked the Confederate outpost of Battery Wagner on nearby Morris Island in 1863, at a time when people questioned whether African Americans could fight.  The bravery of these Massachusetts Volunteers spurred the recruitment and acceptance of black soldiers into the Union Army, leading to greater numbers of enlisted Union men and a tactical advantage for the Federal side.

An interpretive board describing the events at Battery Wagner and the actions of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteers, which was designed by the History Workshop, was showcased by Mayor Riley during the event. Read more about the historic ceremony here: http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20130721/PC16/130729864/1177/charleston-ceremony-honors-black-civil-war-soldiers-celebrates-reconciliation

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