WILMINGTON — Cameron Art Museum is continuing its research into soldiers who bravely fought for their own freedom. It’s hoping to capture oral histories from the United States Colored Troops’ descendants who may be living across the world.
CAM is located on the historic grounds of the Battle at Forks Road, where the USCT fought in a final skirmish that helped end the Civil War and contributed to the fall of slavery.
As such, CAM and community partners have opened America’s first USCT Park and erected a bronze memorial of 11 soldiers, created by Stephen Hayes. “Boundless” honors the 1,800 men who battled for two days on the land.
The museum has issued a call for living family members of those who belonged to the 1st, 5th, 10th, 27th, and 37th USCT regiments to reach out to the museum. They will help build a collection of stories that will be utilized in a homecoming celebration for descendants, slated to take place in November 2023.
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