United States Colored Troops Memorial Statue (Lexington Park, MD)

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Title

United States Colored Troops Memorial Statue (Lexington Park, MD)

Subject

Subject (Topic)
Men--United States Colored Troops
Associations--Military
Northeastern United States
Public art
Public sculpture
Subject (Object Type)
Commemorative sculpture

Description

The life-size bronze sculpture of a United States Colored Troop soldier, rifle held over his shoulder as he strides forward. The figures stand on 6-foot granite pedestal, which features two bronze plaque bearing a dedicatory inscription as well as the names of the 700 black soldiers from St. Mary’s County who fought for the Union Army during the Civil War. The plaque takes special care to note the three men from St. Mary’s County who received a Medal of Honor during the war. Two of the men, Sgt. William Barnes and Sgt. James Harris were members of the 38th Colored Troops. The third Medal of Honor recipient, a white man, was U.S. Navy Quarter Master Joseph Hayden. Just in front of the statue, is a placard with didactic information that describes the important role of African Americans during the Civil War.

Creator

Casteel, Gary

Source

Richard E. Miller, the Historical Marker Database

Date

Dedicated: June 16, 2012

Contributor

Committee for Afro-American Contributions (UCAC); Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War; Maryland General Assembly

Relation

To read the inscription on the didactic placard in front of the memorial click here

Format

JPEG

Language

English

Type

Visual Arts-Sculpture

Coverage

John G. Lancaster Park, 21550 Willows Road, Lexington Park, MD 20653, United States

Has Part

Inscription on the base:

"United States Colored Troops (USCT)

This monument is dedicated in grateful tribute to the United States Colored Troops of St. Mary’s County. It honors medal of honor recipients, all Union Soldiers, and Sailors from Saint Mary’s County who served during the Civil War (1861-1865)

Dedicated June 16, 2012

All honor and all glory to the emaciated slaves, freedmen, and all noble sons of St. Mary’s County who fought during the Civil War to save the Union and secure the heritage of human freedom."

Medium

Granite; Bronze

Bibliographic Citation

Jacqui Atkielski. "Monument honoring St. Mary's veterans was a labor of love." Southern Maryland Newspapers Online. Accessed January 23, 2019: https://www.somdnews.com/bonus/memorial_day/monument-honoring-st-mary-s-veterans-was-a-labor-of/article_6099e2e1-0bdc-5095-9593-812d4e040f15.html

Rights Holder

Renée Ater

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Sculpture

Tags

Citation

Casteel, Gary , “United States Colored Troops Memorial Statue (Lexington Park, MD),” Contemporary Monuments to the Slave Past, accessed September 25, 2020, https://www.slaverymonuments.org/items/show/1114.

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