Massachusetts 54th

American Experience:
The Massachusetts 54th Colored Infantry
 
The first officially formed regiment of northern black soldiers who fought in the Civil War was formed after President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and consisted mostly of free men.
 
The historical narratives and archival photos in this fascinating documentary reveal the real story of the heroic African American regiment dramatized in the movie Glory. When the Civil War began, black men clamored for the chance to strike a blow for the liberation of African Americans. Their desire to participate was rejected until the first officially sanctioned regiment of Northern black soldiers was formed in Boston.
 
Runnin Time 56 minutes
1 DV
 

A community heritage gift shop, located within the Visitors Center on the Gerrit Smith Estate, National Historic Landmark, in Peterboro NY. The Mercantile is staffed and operated under the management of the Smithfield Community Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of historic Peterboro.

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