African Americans have always been an integral part of the U.S. military, though their contributions often went unrecognized and they lacked the very human rights they fought for. Black servicemembers fought in all of America’s wars—largely in an effort to be accepted as equal citizens with the rights and privileges afforded to others. This is still true today.
Here, we honor African American servicemembers from all of America’s wars.
African American Veterans Monument — In Progress
To be completed in 2021, the monument stands as a testament and memorial in honor of hundreds of years of unheralded contribution and sacrifice by African Americans in defense of our nation. It represents each of the wars formally recognized by the United States. Located in the Naval and Military Park in Buffalo, New York, the monument is a reflection of a decade-long community commitment to bring about this first-in-the-nation recognition of African American sacrifice and heroism.
Studio Tectonic is working with the leadership and research committee to develop on-site interpretation and digital media, as well as providing space planning for the monument’s design.
Monument Designer: Jonathan Casey (1977-2020)
Buffalo, New York
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