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FEB 25

A Gettysburg African American History Tour

In honor of African American History Month, we focus on stories of African Americans in Gettysburg before, during and after the Battle of Gettysburg. Two American Presidents had Black servants during their time in our town. We see a remembrance of Frederick Douglass, near where he spoke. We visit two cemeteries where about 35 veterans of the United States Colored Troops are laid to rest, all with amazing stories of valor and sacrifice. Many folks ran from the invading Confederate Army in June and July of 1863 to avoid capture as contraband of war. We remember ordinary people with extraordinary lives. Some were formerly enslaved, freed and later kidnapped. Many escaped slavery by jumping over the Mason Dixon Line from Maryland and Virginia. We visit the National Cemetery to see the graves of the two USCT Veterans and see the place where the 16th President of the United States gave a short speech, which became known as one of the greatest speeches in American History. 

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