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Mar 07

Virginia War Museum Renovates Marching Towards Freedom Gallery

Posted on March 7, 2017 at 8:14 AM by Communications Department

The Virginia War Museum recently renovated its permanent gallery “Marching Towards Freedom: The Black Military Experience in America” in honor of Black VA_WarUniform_SCHistory Month. The upgrades, made by museum Registrar Jerry Coggeshall, have brought new life to this timeless exhibit and filled critical gaps in the story of African-American Military History through the display of new artifacts that cover the Spanish American and Philippine Wars, World War I and World War II.

Among the significant artifacts displayed are a rare British made 1898 coat issued to American forces in the Philippines, a Carbine of the type used by “The Buffalo Soldiers,” A helmet and rifle of the type used by the “Harlem Hell Fighters” in the First World War, and a 1942 application to join the Tuskegee Airmen.

The exhibit is open daily Monday through Saturday 9:00 AM-5:00 PM and on Sundays 12:00-5:00 PM and is free with regular museum admission. For more information visit the Virginia War Museum website or call 757-247-8523.