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Cincinnati Black Brigade to be honored at 150th anniversary

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

In honor of the 150th anniversary, the Black Brigade of Cincinnati will be commemorated for their sacrifice during the Civil War in Cincinnati.

The ceremony will be held on September 9th at the Black Brigade Monument located in the south Tree Grove at Smale Riverfront Park.

The Cincinnati Pops will also perform following the ceremony.

Costumed interpreters will portray Civil War leaders from Cincinnati at the event. The U.S. 5th Regiment Colored Troop will also be in attendance, among other organizations.

Guests are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and picnic items.

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will also host a reception earlier in the day for descendants of Cincinnati's Black Brigade.

Anyone who thinks they could fall in that category can refer to the complete muster roll at http://mysmaleriverfrontpark.org/pdfs/BlackBrigade_brochure.pdf.

The monument at Smale Riverfront Park pays tribute to over 700 African-American men who volunteered to build and defend Cincinnati from a Confederate attack during the Civil War. At the time, these men were unable to enlist as soldiers but instead, were abducted and forced into labor. After word spread and protests followed, the men were able to volunteer their services to protect Cincinnati from attack. 

The commemoration will be free to the public beginning at 5:30 p.m.

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