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History Alive program to feature Civil War's U.S. Colored Troops

Feb. 02, 2014 @ 10:52 AM

IRONTON —  History Alive presents Fighting for Freedom: The Story of the United States Colored Troops

Almost 200,000 black soldiers fought for the Union during the Civil War. Their story is a unique chapter in the American conflict.

These men were freedom fighters who fought for emancipation and for full citizenship rights. Ohio Humanities Council speaker Anthony Gibbs discusses events significant to these men that led up to the Civil War, and what made these men different from the other thousands who fought and died in the War Between the States. Part of the focus will be on the 127th Ohio Volunteer Infantry and the 5th USCT.

The talk is being held at 6 p. m. Tuesday Feb. 25 in the Bowman Auditorium, Ohio University Southern in Ironton. The presentation is free of charge and open to the public.

Anthony Gibbs is a teaching artist who has taught and presented many history programs and character impressions for students of all ages. He has traveled around the region sharing dramatic historical stories in schools, libraries, museums, and other venues. Anthony captures his audiences with spellbinding performances that keep listeners on the edge of their seats. He is a gifted storyteller and astute in his knowledge of historical content. He engages the audience in his presentations with his commanding presence, historical knowledge, authentic props, and excellent oratorical skills.

This event is sponsored by the Ironton Area Kiwanis Club, Briggs Lawrence County Library, Ohio University Southern, the Lawrence County 150th Anniversary Commemoration of the Civil War committee and the Ohio Humanities Council.