Hartwick Contingent Marks USCT Grand Review

November 18, 2010

Hartwick students gather in Harrisburg, PA.Thirteen Hartwick College students, joined by Associate Dean and Director of U.S. Pluralism Programs Harry Bradshaw Matthews and Professor of History Edythe Ann Quinn, attended the United States Colored Troops Grand Review, serving as the official New York State delegation for the event held in Harrisburg, PA.

The students, Brittanie Kemp '11, Nalisha Bascom '12, Emmanuella Brakye '11, Adia Ferris '12, Catherine Ceballos '13, Luckens Damus '11, Charlene Fleurinord '12, Carmelo Faria '13, Tedra Morant '13, Myriam Plaisir '11, Andrea Quinlan '13, Millicent Reid '12, and Nicole Thornhill '11, attended presentations and dinners, and marched in the Grand Parade to honor USCT and their descendants.

"Hartwick's contingent stood out with the College's name prominent on our jackets," Quinn recalled. "One could claim we were a lively marching group because of the cold; I prefer to think our energy reflected our pride in representing both our college and the Harriet Tubman Mentoring Project and USCT Institute for Local History and Family Research. Friends of the Institute from Buffalo, NY, and Richmond, VA, also marched with us, wearing the Hartwick jackets. The Institute has a loyal following of USCT descendants and researchers, as it allows us to share our research and commitment."

Following the parade, students staffed the United States Colored Troops Institute for Local History and Family Research's exhibit which, according to Matthews, "attracted considerable attention."

Hartwick students and faculty pause for a photo."I believe this grand event represented experiential learning as our students were not bystanders but participants with re-enactors, government officials, descendants, and researchers from across our nation," Quinn said. "Also, each activity in the grand event re-enforced African-American history: the Black Church's role in history and the present moment through the singing, the prayers, and the preaching; the re-enactors' and descendants' articulation of their histories; and at the history fair, the recognition of the importance of historical documents, illustrations, and artifacts on exhibit, including Harry's USCTI's exhibit. Students helped Mr. Matthews set up and dismantle the USCTI exhibit, handling the important materials they regularly see around them in the Pluralism Programs Center in Bresee [Hall]."

Matthews founded the USCTI in 1998, and in the years since it has emerged as one of the principal resource centers for the study of the 200,000 black soldiers of the Civil War and their 7,000 white officers.

Matthews played an important role in the Harrisburg event. He served as an invited guest for the Feedback and Technical Assistance Panel, and engaged in a lively hour-long discussion of African American history and genealogy with James Horton, noted historian and the Benjamin Banneker Professor Emeritus of American Studies and History at George Washington University, during the White Carnation League Dinner. Matthews also provided the official response to Mayor Linda Thompson's welcome to the delegations.

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