Kentucky's African American Civil War Memorial
Located in Greenhill Cemetery, this small memorial was dedicated in 1924 to honor African Americans from Kentucky who defended the Union in the Civil War. The Woman's' Relief Corps dedicated the monument on July 4, 1924. African Americans constituted nearly one-third of the Union troops from Kentucky, and this was the only monument to black soldiers created before the war's centennial.
Backstory and Context
The Emancipation Proclamation included an end to the bar on African American enlistment in the United States Army. While many in Kentucky opposed the enlistment of Black soldiers, one-third of the troops who fought for the Union from Kentucky were African Americans.
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