Fighting for Equality: 150 years of African Americans in the Military
African Americans have long served their country in the armed forces, though often fighting to guarantee freedoms for others that they were denied at home. Their struggles for equality in military service were fought—and victories sometimes won—before those same rights were accepted in civilian society.
The National Park Service presents four films with fresh perspectives on African Americans’ struggles for civil rights in the military. These videos, created for high school students, take viewers from Virginia to Vietnam and from the enslaved to the commemorated.
Did You Know?
Robert E. Lee, a 24 year-old West Point-trained engineer, was posted to Fortress Monroe (1831-34) to complete construction of the fort. While stationed there, Lee married Mary Custis, great granddaughter of Martha Washington and the Lees’ first child, son Custis Lee, was born at the fort in 1832.