National Archives Presents Free Lectures on African Americans in the Civil War
Press Release · Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Washington, DC…The National Archives presents two lunchtime book talks in January focusing on African Americans in the Civil War. These programs are free and open to the public and will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater and Room G-24 of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, which is located on the National Mall and is fully accessible. For the Jan. 25, program in the McGowan Theater, attendees should use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue at 7th Street, NW. For the January 31, program, attendees should enter through the Pennsylvania Ave. entrance between 7th and 9th Streets, NW. Metro accessible on the Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter station.

Freedom by the Sword: The U.S. Colored Troops, 1862–1867, Wednesday, January 25, noon
William G. McGowan Theater

The Civil War changed the United States in many ways, and none was more important than Emancipation and its effects on the U.S. Army. From 1862 to 1865, the Federal Government accepted more than 180,000 black men as soldiers. Author William A. Dobak tells the story of these soldiers’ recruitment, organization, and service and focuses on the contribution they made to the Union victory. A book signing will follow the program.

Within These Walls: Contraband Hospital and the African Americans Who Served There, Tuesday, January 31, 11 a.m.
Room G-24, Research Center (700 Pennsylvania Ave. Entrance)

Jill L. Newmark of the National Library of Medicine gives a presentation on African Americans working in a contraband hospital from records in the National Archives. (The lecture will be repeated at the National Archives at College Park, MD, in Lecture Room B, Thursday, February 2, at 11 a.m.)

To verify dates and times of the programs, call 202-357-5000, or view the Calendar of Events online. To request an accommodation (e.g., sign language interpreter) for a public program, please e-mail or call (202) 357-5000 or toll free at 1-877-874-7616, prior to the event. To contact the National Archives, please call 1-866-272-6272 or 1-86-NARA-NARA (TDD) 301-837-0482.

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For press information, contact the National Archives Public Affairs Staff at (202) 357-5300.

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