The John G. Riley Center and Museum of African American History and Culture is leading the effort to document the contributions and gallantry of African American soldiers in the Civil War.
In February 2010, the Riley Center partnered with the Battle of Natural Bridge Historical Society to raise awareness of the African American Soldiers that fought and led the charge in The Battle at Natural Bridge, less than eight miles South of Tallahassee. These brave warriors were the men of the 2nd and the 99th Regiments United States Colored Troops (USCT).
The 2nd Infantry Regiment United State Colored Troops Living History Association was created to participate in the reenactment of the Battle of Natural Bridge to assure the authenticity and accuracy of the battle as it occurred on March 6, 1865.
Concurrently, the Riley Center initiated its Colored Troops Education Project, which expanded the role of the Association to include year-round educational, cultural and historical programming.
Since our inception, the Association has grown to include men, women and children, who have participated in more than 120 events throughout the state, region and country; honoring the legacy of these soldiers and their families.
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