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Buried somewhere in the thick pages of American Civil War History is the little-known fact that it was not all white Union and Confederate soldiers who fought the war. The people who were at the center of this war, the African ? Americans, who were then slaves, also fought in this bloody war.

The African ? American Civil War Memorial and Museum in Washington DC was established to commemorate the services done by 209,145 African-American soldiers who fought for the anti-slavery Union Army during the American Civil War. The memorial is currently marked by The Spirit of Freedom, a 9-foot bronze sculpture crafted by Ed Hamilton. The memorial also includes panels on which the names of those soldiers were written. The associated museum, located two blocks west of the memorial, contains several artifacts like photographs and uniforms during the Civil War.
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