Franklin County Visitors Bureau Highlights Franklin County USCT and Buffalo Soldiers


The Franklin County Military Trail of History guide book is a starting point to exploring the contributions of African American veterans of Franklin County.

Franklin County Visitors Bureau focuses on the service of the USCT (U.S. Colored Troops) and Buffalo soldiers as America commemorates Black History Month. In July 1862, when the United States Congress passed the Confiscation Act and the Militia Act, the law emancipated slaves of the Confederacy in Union-controlled territory and allowed “persons of African descent” to participate in the military and the navy. The Militia Act was a first step to removing the limitations on people of color to…


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