Path to Memorialization

There has been a consciousness for over 160 years that African American soldiers and patriots of the Revolutionary War deserve recognition.

Documented History

William C. Nell’s “Colored Patriots of the American Revolution” was published in 1855.

Civilians & Liberty Seekers

Among the most compelling men, women, and children are those who saw opportunity in the era’s rhetoric of liberty and disarray.

The Combatants

Enslaved and free African Americans served in all of the major battles of the Revolutionary War, from Lexington and Concord to Yorktown.


The Revolutionary War, national independence, Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement affirm that their vision for America prevailed.