During the American Civil War, United States Colored Troops (USCTs) comprised more than ten percent of the Northern Army, though African Americans made up only one percent of the Northern population. Despite this contribution, African Americans were not allowed to participate in the 1865 Grand Review – a parade to honor Union soldiers.

 

On the 150th anniversary of the parade, black reenactors and USCT descendants joined their white counterparts in honor of the USCT's countributions to Union victory.