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

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


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


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.


Casteel, Gary


Richard E. Miller, the Historical Marker Database


Dedicated: June 16, 2012


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


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






Visual Arts-Sculpture


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."


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

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Original Format




Casteel, Gary , “United States Colored Troops Memorial Statue (Lexington Park, MD),” Contemporary Monuments to the Slave Past, accessed January 28, 2021, https://www.slaverymonuments.org/items/show/1114.


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