African American Civil War Descendants Study

The National Park Service, in partnership with American University, is undertaking a project to document the local history of African American communities — communities established during or after the Civil War (1861-1877) and associated with eight Civil War Defense sites in Washington, DC.

This project will document the stories of these communities and their descendants in the Washington, DC, area. Dr. Sue Taylor, American University, is the principal investigator for this project. Sharing your story will help the National Park Service document and preserve cultural resources of historical importance that are still important to the community today. Communities east of the Anacostia River around Fort Davis, Fort Dupont, and Fort Mahan, communities in Northeast DC near Fort Bunker Hill, as well as communities in Northwest DC near Fort Fort Reno, Fort Slocum, Fort Stevens, and Battery Kemble are included in the project. Check out the fort sites and their associated neighborhoods.

Your story is important!
If you would like to participate, please contact Dr. Sue Taylor at or call 202-885-1830;

In the News
Listen to Dr. Taylor's interview about the project on WAMU radio (October 2014). Click "Play" at the top of the screen to listen.


African American Communities and the Civil War Defenses of Washington

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This brief video describes the African American Civil War Descendants Study.


Last updated: April 10, 2015

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