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Mansfield State Historic Site Hosts 2nd Annual Black History Month Symposium


In February 11th, Mansfield State Historic Site will host its second annual Black History Month Symposium. Between the era of colonization and the modern day many of African descent have fought for their freedom and their country. Militias of free blacks and former slaves were raised by the French and Spanish, they fought beside Andrew Jackson in New Orleans, and joined the Native Guard and Corps de’Afrique during the Civil War to gain and maintain their freedom. In modern times many served as “Buffalo Soldiers”, fought for their country in segregated units in World War I and II, and then fought side by side with their fellow citizen soldiers from the Korean War to the conflicts of the Modern Day. Thus this year’s symposium will focus on the men and women of color from Louisiana who fought for their cause of freedom and country.
11AM - Dr. Robert Uzzel, History of Allen and Rance Durham
2PM - Michael Mumaugh, United States Colored Troops: Trials and Victories
The fee to attend this program is $5.00 per person ages 13 and over; free for children ages 12 and under. General Admission to tour museum and grounds is $4.00 per person age 13-61; seniors 62 and over and children 12 and under can tour free of charge. Mansfield State Historic Site is located on La. Hwy. 175, three miles south of Mansfield. For more information, call 318.872.1474 or 888.677.6267, or visit

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