We have some cool things to check out for Black History Month on the ECW Podcast and the ECW YouTube page.
For starters, we have an interview with National Park Service historian (and great ECW friend) Nick Sacco of Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site in St. Louis. Nick has been at work on a new exhibit that traces the history of slavey in the St. Louis area and situates Grant and his family in that larger context. It’s an underexplored topic—and an excellent project on the part of Nick and his team—that we’re excited to share with you.
Later this week, we’ll talk with Kevin Levin of Civil War Memory about the current state of Black history, which has come under political fire lately. Kevin has been following the story closely on his Substack page and will join us to share the latest.
Finally, we’ll visit Camp Nelson National Monument in Kentucky. ECW’s friend Steve Phan is the chief of interpretation at Camp Nelson, one of the newest national parks with a rich Civil War history, including a key role in the recruitment and training of United States Colored Troops.
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(Here’s a quick look at some of the new panels in the “Slavery in St. Louis” exhibit as Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site:)