Living History to Celebrate Black Soldiers

United States Colored Troops Living History Group will be featured

RALEIGH, North Carolina — The North Carolina State Capitol Historic Site will host a living history weekend showcasing the lives of black soldiers after the Civil War.

Re-enactors from the Hannibal Guards, a living history group from United States Colored Troops, will be on the grounds of the State Capitol on Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., to do the demonstrating drills and guard posts, as well as hosting activity stations that highlight the vote, the Kirk-Holden War, and the role of the Freedman’s Bureau during the Reconstruction. They will portray Captain George Willis’ Company H, 1st NC State Troops, which was stationed in Raleigh in 1870. Visitors will experience an immersive setting with the costumed interpreters who will discuss North Carolina during reconstruction.

The Hannibal Guards are dedicated to telling the story of the United States Colored Troops (1862-1866) as accurately as possible, through the art of historical interpretation. Members of the Hannibal Guards come from Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC, North Carolina, New York, Illinois and Missouri. They regularly participate in events with county parks, the National Park Service and local historic sites along the East Coast. For more information, visit

This event is free and there are no reservations or tickets required. The public is also invited to visit the Capitol, which will be open for self-guided tours on both days.

The State Capitol’s mission is to preserve and interpret the history, architecture, and function of the 1840 building and Union Square. It is part of the State Historic Sites Division of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and is located at One Edenton Street, Raleigh. For more information, please call or visit

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