THE DAVENPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY AND THE
AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM OF IOWA PRESENTS
“FROM SLAVE TO SOLDIER”
Experience the transition from slave to soldier in the Civil War
Thursday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m.
at the Fairmount Branch Library (3000 N. Fairmount Street)
Nationally known speaker, Joseph McGill, will explore the experience of African Americans who left slavery to join the Union soldiers of the Civil War. McGill speaks from personal experience as the founder of the re-enactor’s 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the group of African American soldiers highlighted in the film Glory. He will also speak about The Slave Cabin Project, an initiative backed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation that is designed to bring attention to the dilapidated state of many slave cabins across the South. He is frequently pictured near these important pieces of US history holding a sign stating “This Place Matters.”
All ages are welcome to attend this free event.
For more information, contact the African American Museum of Iowa at 319.862.2101 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact the Davenport Public Library at 563.326.7832 or www.davenportlibrary.com.