Monument To Black Regiment To Be Unveiled Tomorrow
A monument to the black soldiers of the 29th Connecticut will be unveiled tomorrow in New Haven, Connecticut. The project was organized by Harrison Mero [pictured left] who is president of the Descendants of the
Connecticut 29th Colored Regiment C.V. Infantry:
As a child, Mero said, all he knew about the war came from John Wayne movies and Margaret Mitchell's book, "Gone With the Wind."
"When you saw something about the Civil War back then, our people were
depicted as slaves working in the big house, talking in broken
English," Mero said. "We assumed the war was all white people. My
people were never shown on the battlefield."
I wish I could be there.
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