NEW HAVEN, Conn.—(AP) The 29th Connecticut Colored Civil War Regiment is being honored for serving their country with distinction — more than 140 years later.
Descendants of the regiment were on hand Saturday to unveil a monument dedicated to the 900 men from 120 Connecticut towns. The monument stands in New Haven’s Crisculo Park, the site of the black regiment’s first muster.
A group of descendants started raising funds for the monument more than 10 years ago. They say the recognition is overdue.
Some dressed in period clothing for the ceremony. Festivities included living history re-enactments.
Dick Gregory, a nationally known activist and comedian, was the keynote speaker.
Meet the Modern 29th Connecticut Regiment: