Annual Meeting and Ivy Talk

Company I of the 56th Colored Regiment

Please join us for our annual meeting on September 17! Both in-person and online options are available. In-person festivities start at 1:00 PM with an informal reception. The annual meeting starts at 1:30 PM and will be broadcast on Zoom as well. This will be followed by Dr. William Kurtz's Ivy Talk "Black Virginians in Blue: The Untold Stories of Albemarle County's US Colored Troops" around 2:00 PM, also available both in-person and online. This talk tells the story of more than 250 Black men from Albemarle County and Charlottesville, VA, who served in the Union army or navy during the American Civil War. The talk is the result of almost five years of research and writing conducted by a team of UVA students under Dr. Kurtz's direction. Dr. Kurtz will discuss the incredible sacrifices this group of men made to save the Union and end slavery.

Dr. William Kurtz was the former Managing Director and Digital Historian at the John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History at UVA. He received his PhD in History at the UVA in 2012. He has published two books and many articles related to the American Civil War. A past employee of Virginia Humanities, he is a veteran of a number of digital history projects including "Black Virginians in Blue," "UVA Unionists," "Founders Online," and "People of the Founding Era."

Please register whether attending in person or via Zoom.

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