Thursday, September 24, 2009

"Standing Proud"

18"x24" Watercolor
Former slaves from South Carolina were among the first Black soldiers to strike a blow for freedom durimg the Civil War. Long before President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation ex-slaves from the Sea Islands along the south Atlantic coast were engaged in skirmishes with Confederate forces in the Union occupied area between Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia. These men eventually became the First South Carolina Volunteers - African Descent (SCV) and is credited as the first regiment of colored soldiers mustered into Federal service. They were known for their forage caps, frock coats and red pants.

This is the center piece of an an exhibit,"I, Too, America," that opens this weekend at Charleston's Gaillard Auditorium as a part of the Moja Arts Festival.

1 comment:

bcarter said...

Cool painting, and a great post. I feel like too many people forgot that Sept 22 was an important day in our history.

Here's my blog post.