Historian To Speak About NJ’s Black Civil War Soldiers

Flag of the 127th U.S. Colored Infantry

Flag of the 127th U.S. Colored Infantry

CRANFORD—In recognition of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and Black History Month, award-wining New Jersey historian Joseph G. Bilby will speak about New Jersey’s black Civil War soldiers at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue, on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m.

The lecture will be based on Bilby’s recently published book, “Freedom to All: New Jersey’s African-American Civil War Soldiers.” The program will feature a PowerPoint slide show, including pictures of some of the Garden State’s black soldiers and their training camp, as well as some of the battles in which they fought.

Bilby is the author or editor of some 15 books about New Jersey and military history. He holds two history degrees, and he served as an officer in Vietnam. He is currently assistant curator of the National Guard Militia Museum in Sea Girt. Bilby is also a member and publications editor of the New Jersey Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee. Copies of his books will be available for purchase and for signing.

Admission is free and all are welcome. The program is sponsored by the Cranford Historical Society and the Cranford Public Library.

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