The African American Civil War Memorial: “Spirit of Freedom” monument honors the 209,145 African-American soldiers and sailors who served in the Union Armed Forces. It is only the second in the United States depicting Black Civil War servicemen and the first purely in their honor. It shows African American soldiers and sailors on duty, as protectors of the fight for freedom; and at the back, their family members.
The memorial, a 9-foot bronze statue by Ed Hamilton of Louisville, Kentucky, was commissioned by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities in 1993 and completed in 1997. It was installed on the two foot high round base on July 16, 1998 and dedicated on July 18, 1998. It stands at the corner of 10th and U Streets in Washington, DC.