The Virginia War Museum is kicking off Black History Month with movies telling stories of African Americans and their contributions in American wars. Every Saturday in February at 1 p.m., the Virginia War Museum will present a different movie for its annual African-American History Month Film Festival.
On February 11th, watch The Bicycle Corps
: America’s Black Army on Wheels. Believing it could replace horses with bicycles, the U.S. Army sent 20 African-American soldiers on a 2,000-mile ride from Fort Missoula, Montana, to St. Louis, Missouri.
February 18 Glory
- The story of one of the first African-American military units of the Union Army during the Civil War and their heroic actions at Fort Wagner. Starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes and Morgan Freeman.
February 25 - Men of Honor
- The story of Carl Brashear, the first African American, then also the first amputee, US Navy Diver and the man who trained him. Starring Cuba Gooding Jr., Robert De Niro, Charlize Theron.
All movies are included with museum admission. The Virginia War Museum is located at 9285 Warwick Blvd in Newport News. Follow their Facebook page