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The Untold Stories: 54th Regiment & USCT

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African-American history constitutes the fabric of our society. Now more than ever, it is vital to work together as a people and make a more inclusive future for ourselves and our children. During the Civil War, African Americans fought as soldiers in the frontlines, as doctors/health-care professionals, as cooks, and as many more roles. The 54th Massachusetts Regiment was the second volunteer regiment after the first regiment in Kansas. Men in this infantry fought for their freedom and sacrificed their lives for the nation. In addition to the 54th Massachusetts Regiment, there were men who served in the United States Colored Troops. Discover the unheard stories of the men who served in the 54th Massachusetts Regiment and the Colored Troops with “The Untold Stories: Stories in the 54th Regiment & USCT”.

Cara Curtis has been working in libraries since her undergraduate days. She has a Bachelor Degree in History from Millersville University, a Master’s degree in Applied History from Shippensburg University, and a Master’s of Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Cara worked on several projects with Dickinson including the House Divided Project, and a digital slavery/abolition project between Dickinson and Millersville. Since 2008, she has been working at the Cumberland County Historical Society as the Archives & Library Director. She is working to create more inclusive collections and histories at CCHS. Beyond preserving local history, her main goal is to make history more accessible to the public.

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