The Grand Review Parade

Founders Day to Explore Michelle Obama's Relatives in the Civil War

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Frank Smith   202/667-2667
Dawn Chitty 202/667-2667

Click here to read letter sent to First Lady Michelle Obama from the Museum

Founders Day at the African American Civil War Memorial Museum to featured award winning Author Rachel Swarns in a Presentation from American Tapestry on the Civil War Relatives of First Lady Michelle Obama.

On May 22, 2013 The African American Civil War Memorial and museum will marked the Sesquicentennial of the establishment of the Bureau of US Colored Troops with a wreath laying ceremony at 11 am followed by a presentation by Rachel Swarns. In her book on First Lady Michelle Obama’s family, Swarns tells the story of the enlistment of Caesar Cohen in the 128th Reg. USCT. Caesar was the great-great-grandfather of Michelle Obama and was about twenty five years old at his time of enlistment. His name is listed on the Wall of Honor of the African American Civil War Memorial on U Street in Washington DC on Wall D, Plaque 134. Caesar Cohen is from the Robinson side of the Michelle Obama’s family. Audrea Barnes, second cousin to Michele Obama on the Robinson side of the family will also speak on her research on the family tree focusing on the two soldiers in question.

Additionally, running away from a plantation in Alabama was a man named Jerry Sutton/Suter who joined the 55th Regiment USCT. Jerry Sutton/Suter was an adventurous step-father of Michelle Obama’s great grandmother whose name is listed on the Wall of Honor on Wall C Plaque 67. The Michelle Obama relatives are but two of the 209,145 names listed on the Wall of Honor of the Memorial.

The wreath laying ceremony will take place at the monument at 11 am with the presentation to follow at noon at the African American Civil War Museum, 1925 Vermont Ave. NW Washington, D. C. Following the lecture Ms. Swarns will be available to sign copies of her book American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White, and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama.

Founder's Day Program  


Grand Review and Parade, May 15 - 17, 2015

Three main civil war sesquicentennial closing events in Washington, DC in 2015

1. The Lincoln Second Inaugural in March 7, 2015
2. The Lincoln Funeral March in April 18 - 21, 2015
3. The Grand Review and Parade on May 17, 2015

Calling all regiments of USCT: Grand Review and Parade May 17, 2015

All USCT Regiments are asked to begin preparing to join 6 - 10,000 regular re-enactors for the Grand Review Parade on May 17, 2015 by recruiting heavily to increase your ranks and by supporting the "Rally on the High Ground" to revivify the memorial in Washington.

Calling All USCT Descendants: Grand Review and Parade, May 17, 2015

Your individual registration covers your attendance to any of the planned workshops that will be hosted, entrance to the Civil War Camp Barker Experience, The forum at the US Capitol, and the Candle light Vigil at the African American Civil War Memorial.  Tickets to the Camp Barker Prayer Breakfast and the Officer's Ball are sold separately.

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