Blue, Gray, and Black: African Americans in the Civil War | Pennsylvania Civil War 150
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Pennsylvania Civil War 150

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African Americans

Blue, Gray, and Black: African Americans in the Civil War

Caroline Le Count

Long before Rosa Parks’ bus, there was Caroline Le Count’s streetcar. Learn how this courageous African American fought for her civil rights in the streets of Philadelphia.

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Thomas Morris Chester

Despite his distinguished military service, neither Thomas Chester nor his black soldiers were honored alongside the Union Army in Washington, DC. Fortunately, he was from Pennsylvania, and his achievements did not go unnoticed.

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Nicholas Biddle

Clearly, this would be no ordinary war. Determined to help the Union cause, Nicholas Biddle traveled with his local militia on their way to Washington, DC. But first they had to get through Baltimore -- and an angry mob armed with bricks.

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Martin Robison Delany

Journalist. Writer. Abolitionist. Academic. Oh yes, and the highest ranking African American officer during the Civil War—Martin Delany broke down racial barriers.

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Alexander Kelly

One of the bravest soldiers of the U.S. Colored Troops, Alexander Kelly earned the military's highest decoration for not letting the Union flag fall.

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