Patriots of African Descent Monument

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The monument honors the contributions of Black Americans in the American Revolution.

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The Patriots of African Descent Monument at Valley Forge was erected and dedicated in 1993 through the efforts of the Valley Forge Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, historian Charles L. Blockson, artist Cal Massey, sculptor Phil Sumpter, and the Michael Williams Stone and Bronze Memorial Marker Company.

The monument is one of the only such dedications to Black Patriots of the American Revolution on Federal land. Learn more about the history of the monument and the importance of foregrounding racially diverse histories of the American Revolution.

Learn more about Patriots of Color at Valley Forge.

Valley Forge National Historical Park

Last updated: June 17, 2022