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National Underground Railroad Freedom Center celebrates African American heritage

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By National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center celebrates African American heritage

The Delta Gamma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. offers area youth an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of African Americans throughout the history of the nation with a day of celebration and remembrance at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati Feb. 24.

The day will include the 12th annual African American History Quiz Bowl 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Young people from schools, churches and community groups are encouraged to join the tournament.

At 1:30 p.m., the Museum Experiences team will host a 20-minute gallery talk series on “Celebrating African American Inventors” at 1:30 p.m.

At 3 p.m., Gregory A. Jones, M.Ed. will lead participants in the final event of the day, a gallery talk about black Soldiers in times of war in conjunction with the 2018 Black History Theme, African Americans in Times of War.

After the Civil War, when the massive Union Army was disbanded, Congress could not ignore the contributions of about 200,000 black volunteers to the Union victory. Congress designated six post-Civil War regiments for black enlisted men in the reorganization act of July 28, 1866—the 9th and 10th Cavalry and the 38th, 39th, 40th and 41st Infantry regiments, consolidated in 1869 into two infantry regiments — the 24th and 25th.

This act marked the first inclusion of black men in the regular Army. Soldiers of these regiments between the Civil War and World War I have come to be called Buffalo Soldiers.

For more information, visit freedomcenter.org online or call (513) 333-7500.