African American Civil War Museum To Honor Preservers of Black Civil War History

“Moving Forward” is the theme of the upcoming celebration, at the African American Civil War Museum, Saturday, November 19, 2016, 7-10 pm. This celebration will honor two outstanding former Members of the Board of Directors, who worked to restore and preserve the history of the United States Colored Troops and their white officers who led them into battle. Both free and formally enslaved men served as soldiers in the Union Army, during the American Civil War.

The honorees of “Moving Forward” are Beverly Perry, Esq., Senior Advisor to Mayor Muriel Bowser, and former Vice President of Government Relations for Pepco; and Mr. Emanuel (Manny) J. Friedman, Philanthropist and Co-Founder of EJF Capital LLC. Both honorees are being recognized for their 20+ year prior membership on the Board of Directors of the African American Civil War Museum. Special Guests of the “Moving Forward” celebration are Ms. Cheryl Wills, NY TV1 News Anchor, Author and Honorary Chair of the celebration; and Major General Leslie C. Smith, Deputy Inspector General of the U.S. Army.

Frank Smith, founder and Executive Director of the African American Civil War Museum said, “Beverly Perry has been a visionary leader on the Board of Directors for the past twenty years. She saw the wisdom in building the Civil War monument and Memorial and led Pepco to donate significant funds.

We will miss her and wish her well. Our other honoree, Manny Friedman is like my soul brother. Like me, he was born and educated in the South, in North Carolina, and tasted the bitter sting of discrimination as a young Jewish kid. We bonded right away and he has been one of our major supporters in donating money. Manny purchased the largest known collection of Benjamin Banneker artifacts and donated them to our Museum.”

The African American Civil War Museum celebrates the contributions of the United States Colored Troops, who helped secure the victory of the Civil War in 1865. The Museum hosts thousands of visitors annually and was touted as the “Location of the Month” by the DC Film Commission.

The “Moving Forward Celebration” will be held in the trendy “U Street” Street District of Washington, D.C. at the African American Civil War Museum Headquarters, 1925 Vermont Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.

For ticket information, go to www.afroamcivilwar.org or call Dawn Chitty, 202-667-2667.

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