A Belated Honor for Black Civil War Veterans

Photo by Perry Quan

“The problem is, if we don’t tell the whole truth, it gives opportunity to chip away at the truth,” said Paul LaRue of Washington Court House, OH.

On Memorial Day 2011, a ceremony was conducted to recognize about 140 black Civil War veterans that have been forgotten for 150 years. Their names will soon be added to the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Public Square in Cleveland, OH.

Paul LaRue is a Washington Courthouse high school teacher who prompted much of the research that will make this possible. Mr. LaRue is also a long time supporter of President Lincoln’s Cottage. His research history class at Washington Senior High School conducted a study on the U.S. Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery (adjacent to the Cottage) in 2004. (Read more about the study here)

Read the full WKYC-TV article HERE.


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