The Wayne County Museum in Goldsboro, North Carolina is offering a free event on Saturday, March 27, 2021, at 1pm. The event, Fighting for Freedom, Black Soldiers of the Civil War, is presented on the 156th anniversary of the enlistment of the 135th USCT. This African American troop started as part of the Pioneer Corps with Major General William T. Sherman and then organized into its own regimental unit in Goldsboro, NC on March 27, 1865.
At 1pm, The Wayne County Museum will show a PowerPoint presentation with video by Deborah Richardson Jones, Lt Col (Ret), USAF. Deborah Jones, is a direct descendant of a soldier from the 135th, a historian, and a member of The 135th Research Team. Ms. Jones will share some of the background and history of this troop and her ancestor’s role in the 135th. You can learn more about this lesser-known aspect of local Civil War History and the role that USCT troops played in the Civil War. There will also be a presentation of the 135th colors.
This free event will be live onstage in the Museum’s beautiful USO ballroom. It will also be live-streamed on Facebook.
The Museum is located at 116 N William Street in Downtown Goldsboro, NC.
Source: Jennifer Kuykendall, Wayne County Museum