June 12, 2024

Yes, It’s Called the Colored Troops Memorial

U.S. Colored Troops Civil War Memorial Monument

Posted for Del. John Bohanan

At a recent NAACP meeting in Lexington Park, Maryland, Delegate John Bohanan described his position on the House Appropriations Committee.

He said positioned as he was on the committee that grants state funds, he was able to shepherd through bond bills on behalf of his district. One of those bills was for the Colored Troops Memorial.

“We went after some funding some years back … the bill was titled ‘Funding for The Colored Troops Memorial.’ Some of my colleagues were like, ‘Hey haven’t you guys emerged yet down there in Southern Maryland?'” Del. Bohanan says in the video to laughter from the audience.

Indeed, as Del. Bohanan explains, the troops commemorated were called The Colored Troops.

The Civil War memorial stands at Lancaster Park on Willows Road in Lexington Park, Maryland and is among a small number of monuments to the the U.S. Colored Troops who fought and were recognized as heroes in the Civil War.

Idolia Shubrooks, the granddaughter of one of the USCT medal of honor recipients memorialized, was credited with conceiving of the monument and gathering the community support to construct it and is mentioned by Del. Bohanan in the video below.

In June 2012 the Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions and the James H. Harris Camp #38 Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War dedicated the memorial honoring the U.S. Colored Troops.


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