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American Civil War Museum hosts pop-up exhibition about Black soldiers

Two adults and two children look into a drawer below a glass display case
Ryan M. Kelly
For VPM News
From left: Meg, Moira and Tom McConnell, and David Niles look at artifacts in the Beyond Valor exhibit at The American Civil War Museum at Historic Tredegar on June 8.

"Beyond Valor: United State Colored Troops and the Fight for Freedom" chronicles Black men who served in the Union Army.

More than 185,000 Black men served in the United States Colored Troops during the Civil War, about 10% of soldiers in the Union Army. The American Civil War Museum's new exhibit, Beyond Valor, chronicles those troops.

Many artifacts come from regiments involved in the 1865 Battle of Forks Road, which ended in the fall of the Confederacy's final major seaport in Wilmington, North Carolina. Others are typical of what USCT soldiers carried.

The museum is hosting two experts to speak about the USCT June 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the former Tredegar Iron Works site. Tickets cost $10 for the event.