Military Service Recognized in Public Spaces: A Discussion on Inclusive Military History

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Tennessee Room
Indianapolis Marriott Downtown

This plenary panel session will explore how African Americans who served in the military services are documented, memorialized and commemorated in public spaces.While many of the sites, museums and programs are well known, we want to take the opportunity to discuss and recognize the military service of African Americans specifically and acknowledge civilians who served in support of the military such as those honored at the Rosie the Riveter/Word War II Home Front National Historical Park.

Prominently among the areas in the the National Park System are Fort Monroe National Monument, African American Civil War National Memorial, Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument, Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial, and the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site. Specific examples of sites, structures, exhibitions and programs will be discussed from the perspective and responsibilities of the National Park Service,Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.Discussion will be inclusive of most military battles with reference to the commemoration of African Americans who served at a number of Revolutionary War sites, War of 1812 sites, Civil War sites, Spanish American War sites, and military forts associated with American-Indian Wars and the “Westward Movement.” Furthermore, the many national memorials and monuments which recognize all American who served in World War I, World War II,Korean War, and the Vietnam War will be a part of the discussion.

By bringing together these public institutions in discussion on this topic, it will further stress the importance of cooperation, collaboration and partnerships in the preservation and commemoration of the nation’s rich and diverse cultural heritage.

John H. Sprinkle, Jr., Ph.D.

Bureau Historian
National Park Service
Washington, D.C.

Dr. Joy Kinard,Ph.D.

Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument
Wilberforce, Ohio

Ms. Christina Morris

Senior Field Director
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Los Angeles, California

Mr. Lewis Rogers Jr.

Petersburg National Battlefield
Petersburg , Virginia
(Currently serving as Superintendent of Gettysburg National Military Park)

Dr. Krewasky A. Salter, Ph.D.

Associate Curator (Guest)
Military History Gallery Curator
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Washington, D. C.

Robert Stanton

Expert Member
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (and Former Director, National Park Service)
Washington D.C.

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