This national monument is the "first" national memorial to the 209,145 African-American soldiers and their 7, 000 white officers who fought in the American Civil War from 1862 to 1865. The monument features sculptor Ed Hamilton's Spirit of Freedom Memorial. The names of the soldiers are engraved on plaques, placed on curved walls behind the sculpture. The museum interprets the African American experience in the Civil War.
Washington, DC | The memorial sits at the base of the West Front of the Capitol Building, opposite from the Lincoln Memorial, so that the general who fought for the Union could forever face the president who saved the Union.
Washington, DC | Located just two blocks from the White House, the present church is a reproduction of the original church where President Lincoln and his family regularly attended services beginning in 1861.