St. Mary's County produced two Union
Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor
winners, both awarded for their bravery
in the battle of New Market Heights,
Chaffin's Farm, near Fort Harrison, VA
on September 29, 1864. They were two of
fourteen Medal of Honor recipients
awarded for their gallantry in that
battle, and two of twenty-four U. S.
Colored Troops Civil War soldiers to
receive this highest honor. ~ Idolia
often I just sit on the bench [at the monument] and
visualize what we should be and what we could be,"
he said. "And I guess there are just regular
emotions that go with that when we stop and think of
how many us don't even realize our history or who we
are." ~ Elmer Brown, UCAC Founder
People made great sacrifices for this country to be
where it is today. It's a universal sacrifice on
both sides of the fence. Unfortunately, our history
has reflected more of one side than another. People
need to understand the contributions that have been
made to make this country what it is.
~ Alonzo Gaskin
much of the history of the African American people
still tucked away in their hearts and minds, it is
imperative to begin to speak, and to gather, and to
admire the contributions of America's Black History.
With nearly twenty years
of chronicling the many contributions of the black
population to the local history of a small Maryland
community, the Unified Committee for Afro-American
Contributions, a 501(C) 3 non-profit organization,
recognizes the importance of telling these stories
to future generations. Help us reach out to
the entire nation. Help us record a vanishing
Share your history.
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