Honoring Our Civil War Veterans- G.A.R Post Civil War Veterans 1935
Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC)
The NMAAHC’s history starts well before it became affiliated with the Smithsonian. In 1915, a “Committee of Colored Citizens” of the Grand Army of the Republic, a Civil War veteran’s organization, formed to support the “Colored Troops” visiting Washington to celebrate the 50th anniversary of a parade by Union soldiers down Pennsylvania Avenue following the end of the war. While black troops were excluded from the original parade, the Committee collected funds to accommodate African American veterans visiting Washington, D.C., who marched with white soldiers on the anniversary. The Committee grew into a National Memorial Association, which advocated for a “Negro Memorial” and a national museum.