A Groundbreaking Ceremony will be held Sunday, March 4, 2012 for the St. Mary’s County United States Colored Troops (USCT) Memorial Monument . The 2 p.m. ceremony will be held at John G. Lancaster Park, 21550 Willow Road, Lexington Park, Maryland 20653.
An invitation is extended to everyone to witness this historical Groundbreaking Ceremony after a vision of over 20 years. Years of dedication by a local volunteer group, the Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions (UCAC) and the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW)have made it possible for residents and visitors to pay homage and respect to these men who served our country.
“The United States Colored Troops were regiments of the United States Army and Navy during the Civil War that were composed of African American soldiers and sailors. Many of the men who served as USCT were slaves prior to volunteering for the Union Army. In St. Mary’s County during the 1800s there were more than 6,500 slaves and over 600 were recruited as USCT. All Union soldiers and sailors from the county will be honored.
The memorial monument is scheduled to be dedicated on June 16, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. during the annual Juneteenth Celebration.
For information contact:
United States Colored Troops Memorial Monument Committee
Nathaniel Scroggins, President (UCAC) - (301) 862-9635
Idolia Shubrooks, Co-Chair (301) 863-2150
Janice Walthour, Co-Chair (301) 862-2296