This Day in Black History: Jan. 26, 1863

This Day in Black History: Jan. 26, 1863

The first Black infantry unit organized during the Civil War, the 54th Massachusetts Regiment of the Union Army, is formed.

Published January 26, 2012

The 54th Massachusetts Regiment of the Union Army, the first African-American infantry unit organized during the Civil War, was formed. The regiment's heroism was celebrated in the Academy Award-winning 1989 film, Glory, starring Denzel Washington.

 

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Written by Britt Middleton

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