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The Random Shot: Symbolic Freedom in D.C.

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This image comes to you from fall in Washington, D.C. courtesy of my Main Street© Basic Training Session at the National Trust in November. I took this image on Veteran’s Day before heading out to the airport to return to Birmingham. I plan on posting a few more of them in the coming weeks. I figured since this past Monday was Confederate Memorial Day, I’d post an image representing those African American soldiers that fought in the Civil War.

The Spirit of Freedom Statue represents African American Union soldiers, though blacks fought on both sides of the battle. The monument is surrounded by a Wall of Honor, containing more than 209,000 names of blacks killed during the war. The statue stands in a plaza near the 14th and U district in D.C. at the entrance to the U Street/Cardozo Metro stop and next to the African American Civil War Memorial Museum. Click here to visit the museum’s website. It’s a great place to learn some more about our national history. Enjoy!


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