27 August 2009

Gary Casteel's Next Project - USCT

"The UCAC is actively raising funds for the U.S. Colored Troops memorial, hoping to secure at least $30,000 by the end of the year. The monument will be designed and built by Gary Casteel and will cost $200,000. Casteel is known for work on statues in Gettysburg and other Civil War parks and memorials, including the new memorial to Confederate POWs at Point Lookout."

Story here and here.

The monument was commissioned by the United Committee for Afro-American Contributions:

The United Committee for Afro-American Contributions pursues a varied outreach program including gathering and sharing oral histories, holding lectures, seminars, workshops, and promoting events — all in the pursuit of our mission.
I've seen some preliminary drawings of this memorial (one shown here) and I think it will be quite striking once completed. My fellow Virginian and friend, Gary Casteel, continues to have an enormous impact on historical interpretation through his artwork.

You can go to the UCAC website if you'd like to contribute funds for this project.


Michael Bradley said...

In 2005 a memorial to USCT buried in the National Cemetery in Nashville, Tennessee, was erected. The Tennessee Division, SCV, was a major financial contributor to this monument. On the day the monument was dedicated the artillery battery invited to fire a ceremonial volley was a battery manned by Confederate reenactors.

Despite the uninformed views of the biased and wilfully ignorant, an important focus of the SCV is to honor all the brave from the WBTS era. We ask only that others do the same.

I find it ironic that those who so vocally criticise the SCV do so little themselves to honor the vetrans from that era.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Thanks Professor Bradley. I was not aware of the USCT memorial in TN. And you are so right about the critics.

jacksonianlawyer said...

Professor Bradley -

Extremely well stated sir; I could not agree more whole-heartedly.

RW -

Thank you, as always, for sharing.