Here at african.americana everyday is Black history; however I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge that February is Black History Month. Established by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, a founder of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, Black History Month evolved from Negro History Week which was first celebrated in 1926. The Association, now known as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), selected as the 2011 theme, African Americans and the Civil War “…in honor of the efforts of people of African descent to destroy slavery and inaugurate universal freedom in the United States.”
For more information about African Americans in the Civil War, visit the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum, located in Washington, DC’s historic U Street district. Additional images of the Memorial are available in the National Park Service’s African American Civil War Memorial Digital Image Archive.