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African American Civil War Memorial

Black History Site, Landmarks & Historical Sites


African American Civil War Memorial is one of the South's few memorials to Black Civil War veterans or any Union Civil War Veterans; in 1906, the statue's granite base was dedicated to black soldiers and sailors from all wars; by 1920 sufficient private funds were raised to commission a statue to complete the monument; the statuesque figure of a African American Union soldier, represents Norfolk native Sgt. William H. Carney, a member of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment; Carney was awarded a Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroism in the attack on Fort Wagner, South Carolina on 18 July 1863; when the color bearer was killed, Carney picked up the colors and led the attack, though he himself was wounded several times; 100 veterans are laid to rest within the cemetery, most of them from the Civil War and Spanish-American War.

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I have been here twice with my students on field trips. I love the presentation given, the introduction video, and the content in the museum itself. It is small, but filled with information and the staff is so accommodating! We will definitely be back next year!


Amazing place to learn about history. My daughter and I learned so much. Really enjoyed this stop!


Great place to see the names of African American soldiers on a wall who served during the civil war. There were 106 fighting units. Must see!


Very interesting and I can't wait to come back to explore more


You haven't seen it yet you better get on down there and check it out it's something that everybody should see


A MUST SEE IF ON A TRIP TO DC! I decided to go on a weekday to avoid the crowd.

I recommend booking a scheduled time on their website first to bypass the entry queue.

From the accurate timeline of history (early days of slave trade to modern slavery) to the well articulated storyโ€™s and narratives, you will leave this museum with a sense of soberness, humility and joy as to how far we have come as humans.

The 2 hours we spent taking in all the history definitely wasnโ€™t enough. If you really want to get a full experience, I recommend dedicating a full day to the museum!


Interesting. A small place that provides information on African american soldiers. Hard to spot if you don't know where you are going. Did the self guided tour which did not take long but I found out into that I was looking for


It is history that needs to be taught. Please take your children and grandchildren, folks it's not a race thing it's just history that's not being accounted for. Those that will not remember history are bound to repeat it.


This is a must for everyone to visit when they visit DC. To my knowledge it is still free will offerings (no charge). To get a full understanding of what salves were promised and what they received along with where we are today. The staff there is very informed of the facts of what happened during that time. Do to the vast confusion and how American History is spoken about this is where the source resides. I would recommend this to anyone who wants the truth of our American History family or friends alike.


I love the museum!!! So much history. The tour was excellent!!!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ I would recommend this museum to everyone. I wish they had more of the hoodies and t-shirts representing the museum. But most of all, I wish I could have gotten one of the statues of the civil war monument. May be one day. โ˜นโ˜นโ˜น Over all great museum!!!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜


Great staff who are very informative. Small facility, but it will take some time to get through.


There are two things that go together here- the actual memorial just outside of the U Street Metro station in the nearby plaza and the museum itself a block further. Here's what's interesting about the museum:

1) Space: It's small, but they make due with the space given. The large room is divided into smaller rooms telling the story of those of African descent who fought in the Civil War from slavery to the war to civil rights. It's a lot of reading with a few artifacts scattered throughout, but it's interesting and well presented.

2) Staff: They are very friendly and they will even give you a tour upon request.

3) Store: There's a small store at the end with books, shirts, etc.

For a free museum, it's worth a visit!


My Mother and I had an Awesome Experience, I highly recommend for You anyone else You're with to visit.


All my years of visiting D. C. when I was a kid to adult. I didn't know of this place. I love Museums, especially History Museums. However, to see a Museum reflect my race and the the contribution we made and Blood Sweat and Tears made this special. I would recommend Visiting this place along with the African American Museum of History down on the Mall as a complete package. A must see.


This museum discusses history, trough mostly photos (and photos of art or artifacts). The museum has just a few historical pieces (around 20 including books). I would say that considering that it is free, and you are already in the area, it is ok to drop by for half an hour.

I think that the main "problem" of the museum, is having too little artifacts to "show" the history... But it IS relevant history, and important to learn.


This museum is very well done. There is so much interesting information about American history, you could easily spend hours here. The exhibits start long before the Civil War and go all the way through the Civil Rights Movement. I learned a lot and highly recommend a visit. The museum is free to visit but a $5 donation is suggested. Thereโ€™s a small gift shop, bathrooms and a National Park Passport stamp for the African American Civil War Memorial.


One of my favorite museums. It will take more than one visit to grasp the entirety of this museum. I lived in DC for years and every time I stopped by I saw something new. It will fill HOURS of your day, so plan to spend lots of time there. It will be worth it though. The food there is some of the best of any of the Smithsonian's (I used to work in Air & Space, trust me, African American Museum food is 10x better) and I love the selections of books they have in the gift shop.


A small hidden rare gem in the city. I attended a play with friends. Walkable to dinning spots and metro accessible makes it even better.


This is a great little museum hidden away in DC. The staff are extremely knowledgable, and the collection has some real gems. They clearly put a lot of effort into researching the history. Highly recommend!


I truly enjoyed visiting the African American Civil War Museum and received a very informative history lesson from the Director before I wandered around! There was also an event going on but I was still able to get some great pics!! Will definitely be going back so I can see more!! Great place to visit!! So much HISTORY!!

Jeremy C.



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