Basic Information


Welcome to the African American Civil War Memorial, a unit of National Mall and Memorial Parks. The memorial is situated in the historic U Street neighborhood of Washington, D.C. a focal point of African American history and culture.

The African American Civil War Memorial is the only national memorial to honor the contributions of the United States Colored Troops (USCT) and sailors during the Civil War. Inscribed on the Wall of Honor are the names of more than 185,000 black soldiers and sailors and 7,000 white officers who bravely fought the forces tearing the union apart. The centerpiece of the memorial is the Spirit of Freedom statue, a bronze statue depicting three infantrymen and a sailor defending freedom.

Map of the Memorial Location


The memorial is located at the corner of Vermont Avenue, 10th St, and U Street NW, near the U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo Metro Station.

The address is 1925 Vermont Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20001.

GPS Coordinates: 38.916554, -77.025977
Sunset at the Memorial


Hours and Seasons
The Memorial is outdoors and open 24 hours a day.

African American Civil War Museum staffing and visiting hours

Visitors biking in front of Washington Monument
Ranger-led bike tour.

NPS Photo

Things To Do
The African American Civil War Memorial is a self-guided experience.

Visit our Calendar of Events pages to discover a wide of array of activities from paddle boats and bike tours to nighttime walks with a park ranger.

Or visit Nearby Attractions!

Last updated: March 4, 2016

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

1100 Ohio Drive SW
Washington, DC 20242


202 426-6841

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