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“Loved the Monument”

African American Civil War Memorial & Museum
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The African-American Civil War Museum and Memorial was created to tell the story and pay tribute to African-Americans who fought in the Civil War.
Sacramento, California
Level 5 Contributor
32 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Loved the Monument”
Reviewed November 6, 2013

If you are into genealogy like I am, than this is a great little museum and monument.
I made the trip to the monument specifically to take pictures for a friend, whose 3rd great grandfather and uncle's names are engraved on the monument plaques.
(To see if your African American ancestor fought in the Civil War you may search the National Park Service Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System.)

Once I had taken the pictures I went across the street to the museum. It is like other reviewers have stated: small with a lot of pictures with captions. I thought that the museum was well laid out. The main focus is on the Civil War, but in order to understand the War one must learn the history of slavery in North America. And that is what the museum does. You start at the beginning of slavery in what is now the USA, and end with a picture of President Obama and family.

There is no fee to enter the museum, and is steps from the Shaw Metro stop. Plan to spend 45 minutes - 1 hour. If you want to take pictures best to go when there is no rain. This museum is a must do for anyone interested in history, or genealogy.

Visited October 2013
2 Thank Demaris B
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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315 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 249 helpful votes
“Well done small museum on African Americans' role in Civil War history”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

Very nicely presented exhibits, convenient closing at 630PM most days, only steps from U Street Metro Station. A historian was giving an extended talk on achievements of Af-American Union soldiers, quite fascinating, so check in advance to time your visit for one of these presentations.

Visited October 2013
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Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Interesting and a lot of reading”
Reviewed July 10, 2013

The museum focuses on the Civil War but starts with the beginning of slavery in the New World and goes until the Civil Rights movement. Although there are some artifacts, pictures, and videos, most of the museum is reading. I found some interesting things. I would recommend it, but only if you've seen most of the other museums in D.C.

Visited July 2013
Thank Derkenb
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St. Petersburg, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Was closed for construction”
Reviewed June 7, 2013

After taking a long metro ride and then following an incorrect address, we finally located the Memorial and it was closed for construction. It was very disappointing, so hopefully it will be open on my next visit to Washington, D.C.

Visited May 2013
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Redondo Beach, California
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50 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Needed More Time....”
Reviewed May 19, 2013 via mobile

The museum is small but houses a wealth of information. I am a sponge when it comes to learning and absorbing anything relaing to American History and this museum was the perfect place for me. Please visit the museum which is easily accessible by subway.

Visited May 2013
Thank lrgayles
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