From its beginning, African Americans have had an amazing impact on the culture and development of Vicksburg, Mississippi. During the Civil War, the campaign for Vicksburg became a proving ground for African American troops, and their involvement here helped shattered racial stereotypes and promote racial equailty. Following the Civil War, Vicksburg was at the forefront of post-war Reconstruction efforts as society tried to mend itself both phyiscally and culturally. The policies of Reconstruction and its opposition would send racial shockwaves through the community for over 100 years. The African American story at Vicksburg is full of vibrant stories of perserverance, struggle, hope, and the never-ending quest for equality.
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Last updated: January 11, 2018