African American Civil War Memorial

African American Civil War Memorial The African American Civil War Memorial, at the corner of Vermont Avenue, 10th Street, and U Street NW in Washington, D.C., commemorates the service of 209,145 African-American soldiers and sailors who fought for the Union in the American Civil War.

The sculpture, The Spirit of Freedom, is a 9-foot bronze statue by Ed Hamilton of Louisville, Kentucky, commissioned by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities in 1993 and completed in 1997. The memorial includes a walking area with curved panel short walls inscribed with the names of the men who served in the war.The Memorial is located at the eastern entrance to the U Street station on the Washington Metro, served by the Yellow and Green Lines.HistoryThe memorial was developed by the African American Civil War Memorial Freedom Foundation and Museum. It was transferred to the National Park Service (NPS) on October 27, 2004. The National Mall and Memorial Parks office of the NPS now manages the site.The related African American Civil War Museum is located directly across from the memorial at 1925 Vermont Avenue. From July 16–18, 2011, it celebrated its grand opening in a new and permanent facility at this address, with a weekend of speakers and events devoted to racial reconciliation. It plans four years of activities to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the war and African-American contributions.


1925 Vermont Ave NW
Washington D.C., DC


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