The Struggle for Civil Rights: Freedom


“Emancipation introduced into national memory a new people and a new history.”
– Kirk Savage, Standing Soldiers, Kneeling Slaves: Race, War and Monument in 19th-Century America

For African Americans’ entire history in the United States up to 1865, they had been deprived of the rights to liberty, property, education, and full citizenship. Eager to seize these rights, communities of freedpeople in the capital region prioritized education and pursued personal and community uplift in the decades after the Civil War. Through public commemorations of John Brown and Abraham Lincoln, they also took an active role in the redefinition of American identity to include African American perspectives.

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School Bell
School Bell
Freedmen’s Village Map
Freedmen’s Village Map
Freedmen’s Memorial
Freedmen’s Memorial
Croquet Set
Croquet Set

Last updated: January 26, 2017