CLEVELAND (AP) — The names of over 100 African-American veterans of the U.S. Civil War have been added to a monument in Cleveland.
The name of each new honoree was read aloud Wednesday as it was added to the Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument on Public Square.
The list includes 107 veterans of the United States Colored Troops who were from, or enlisted in, Cuyahoga County. Those were U.S. Army regiments made up primarily of black soldiers and a few members of other minority groups. All but a handful of the Cleveland group were black.
Organizers say the effort took 20 years of research and verification by historians. They picked June 19 because it marks Juneteenth, the holiday celebrating emancipation.
The new honorees joined 9,000 veterans already enshrined on the monument.