Frank Smith, Ph.D.Frank Smith, Ph.D., during his four elected terms with the District Council, Washington, DC, laid the basic groundwork to establish a national memorial for African American troops who served in the Civil War.

Fulfilling a lifelong dream to honor African Americans who fought for freedom as USCT, he oversaw the dedication of the African American Civil War Memorial in July 1998.

Toward that goal, Dr. Smith used a lifetime of leadership experience to secure financing, District support, and the active involvement of public and private agencies to establish the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum. Click Here to view bio

Visionary Historian Award
On May 11, 2017, the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. on its 123rd Anniversary Celebration awarded the Visionary Historian Award to Dr. Frank Smith, founder of the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum. The Visionary Historian Award is presented to an individual whose lifetime body of work represents the highest achievement in the study of Washington, D.C. and related history. Click here to watch video of the Awardee!

Morehouse College Honors Dr. Frank Smith
Morehouse College will bestow the Presidential Renaissance Medallion award to Dr. Frank Smith on February 14, 2013. The award is the highest honor awarded by the president of Morehouse College. Click here (PDF) to download award letter.

Kalorama Citizens Association Resolution Of Appreciation To Frank Smith And The African American Civil War Memorial And Museum
The Kalorama Citizens Association on March 14, 2013, approved by acclamation a Resolution of Appreciation to you, the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum, and the re-enactors who have played such an important role in our Walter Pierce Park Archaeology Project events over the past several years.  Click here (PDF) to download resolution.

Annual Reports
Click here to download (PDF) the 2017 Annual Report!

Black History and Alexandria

Black History Honored in Alexandria, Washington Informer

 Community Celebrates 75th Anniversary of Library Sit-in

"Smith, 72, a four-term member of the D.C. Council and the Director of the African American Civil War Museum in Northwest, said growing up in segregated Georgia and then attending Morehouse College taught him the importance of standing up for justice."


Frank Smith (left), director of the African American Civil War Museum, and Alexandria, Virginia, Mayor William Euille, stand at the Kate Waller Barrett Branch Aug 21st in front of the historical marker which commemorates the 1939 Alexandria Library Sit-in. Photo By Shevry Lassiter



Available for lectures and tours

Dr. Smith is available for public and private lectures and tours in the United States. He may be reached at the Museum by telephone 202-667-2667 ext 103 or by email