The “Forgotten Soldier: African Americans in the Revolutionary War” special exhibition at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown reopened on June 24 for an extended two-week showing through Wednesday, July 8.
“Forgotten Soldier” explores the personal stories of enslaved and free African Americans on both sides of the American Revolution and illuminates the difficult choices and risks faced by African Americans during a revolutionary time in history and the varied and indispensable roles they played during the war and beyond, a release stated.
The exhibition features artifacts and rare documents, most notably the American “Inspection Roll of Negroes No. 1” and the British “Book of Negroes,” on loan from the U.S. National Archives in Washington, D.C., and The National Archives (Public Record Office), Kew, London, England, reunited for the first time since 1783. The American and the British ledgers record the names of approximately 3,000 African-American men, women, and childre...
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