Speakers Paul Larue and Bennie McRae
African-American Soldiers in the Civil War
2:00 p.m. in the Yellow
Springs Senior Center Great Room
Springs Historical Society presents researchers/educators Bennie J.
McRae, Jr. and Paul La Rue in its winter program, "African Americans
in the Civil War" on Sunday, January 25, at 2:00 p.m. in the Senior
Citizens Center Great Room, 227 Xenia Avenue, Yellow Springs.
20 years, Bennie J. McRae, Jr. has been documenting the history of colored
troops in the
U. S. Army. His research includes information on their role in the Revolutionary
War, the Civil War and World War I. It is his study of colored troops
in the Civil War that has been particularly highly acclaimed. A website,
"Lest We Forget," focuses on these "relationships, interactions,
patriotism and contributions to the nation's wellbeing."
Rue, a Washington Court House High School history instructor working
with McRae, has inspired students to develop a research project, "Freedom
Fighters--United States Colored Troops in the Civil War" with an
accompanying website. This effort in identifying Ohio gravesites of
these soldiers has been honored by a resolution from the Ohio House
of representatives in recognition of the students' work on the Cincinnati
two speakers and their students have added an important new dimension
to a broader understanding of the Civil War.
is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For
more information, call 767-7651.