1st Michigan Colored Troops in the Civil War
An Albion Historical Society Speaker Series Event
Wednesday, April 26 at 6:00 pm
Naomi Lane Room, Albion District Library
The 1st Michigan Colored Troops, later known as the 102nd United States Colored Troops, was formed in 1863 and composed of volunteers from
southern Michigan, Detroit, and Ontario, Canada. This company of courageous men–some of them ex-slaves– saw action in South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. They also fought beside the famed 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry soldiers (the subject of the film Glory).
Jim Jackson is a Calhoun County Genealogical Society (CCGS) past-president and a nationally-recognized researcher, writer, and lecturer on a wide variety of family and local history subjects, including Battle Creek’s Oak Hill Cemetery and Irish American, African American, and Native American servicemen in the Civil War. Area residents may also know him from his longtime involvement with the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jennifer Wood in the Local History Room at (517) 629-3993.