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The Past Is Present | Carrie Mae Weems and the 54th Regiment

Artist Carrie Mae Weems and Carl J. Cruz, descendant of the first Black soldier to win the Medal of Honor, talk about how the story of The Massachusetts 54th Regiment connects to the struggles still going on today. The 54th was the first unit of Black soldiers to fight a major battle in the Civil War. Weems used a photograph of the memorial to the 54th in a series about the Black Americans who left the South in search of greater freedom.