NYS Library Exhibit Program

As part of the NYS Library exhibit, Forever Free: Abraham Lincoln's Journey to Emancipation, Harry B. Matthews will present:

Black Soldiers in the Civil War and Genealogical Records
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
12:15-1:15 p.m.
Librarians Room, 7th floor, Library

President Abraham Lincoln's issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation did not end slavery in the United States, but rather set into motion the eventual enlistment of 200,000 black soldiers into the Union ranks. The stories of many of those soldiers have been lost in history, yet recent efforts have energized the movement to connect some of the soldiers with their descendants. Matthews' presentation will share some of the history and resources of the time period that can help today's citizens with documenting family connections and local history with African American soldiers of the Civil War. The presentation will draw up some of the content of Matthews' recent publication, African American Freedom Journey in New York and Related Sites, 1823-1870: Freedom Knows No Color, published in 2008 by Africana Homestead Legacy Publishers, ISBN 978-0-9799537-4-3.