2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the American Civil War. Among the war’s many aspects, none was more important than the struggle for freedom. In Feburary, the Library will present three programs highlighting African Americans’ contributions to the struggle that defined the meaning of the nation. All programs will take place at the Main Library in the Genealogy & Local History Department study area.
Slavery and Freedom on Burge Plantation: Uncovering the Lives of Slave Ancestors in Bondage and on the March with Sherman
Join Genealogist Mildred Baynes on Saturday, February 5, at 3:00 p.m. as she describes her research leading to the discovery of slave ancestors on a Georgia plantation. This journey uncovered the stories of two ancestors who were born in bondage, fought for freedom in Sherman’s army and returned to live out their lives on the very site of their enslavement.
Camp Nelson: Black Soldiers and Refugee Slaves in the Civil War
Author and genealogist Larry Hamilton explores the famous Camp Nelson, the Union Army camp in Kentucky that became the nation’s third largest recruiter of African American soldiers during the Civil War. Mr. Hamilton discusses the camp’s historical importance as well as the role it played in his own family history on Saturday, February 12, at 3:00 p.m. Camp Nelson is a major backdrop in Mr. Hamilton’s acclaimed work of historical fiction Lucy’s Story: Right Choices But Wrongs Still Left.
Honoring the Black Brigade: The Story of the Cincinnati Park Board’s Monument to the Gallant Defenders of Cincinnati
In September of 1862, Cincinnati was gripped by fear that an advancing Confederate force would soon invade the city. In response, thousands of men were called to defend the city. Among these were many African American residents who were involuntarily impressed into service. This group of men would become known as “The Black Brigade of Cincinnati.” They served honorably in building defenses for the exposed city and were among the very first African Americans to serve for the Union in the Civil War
Join Art Administrator for the Cincinnati Park Board Jan Brown Checco and her design team on Saturday, February 19, at 3:00 p.m. as they discuss the creation and implementation of the monument honoring the Black Brigade of Cincinnati. The monument will be unveiled in 2012.