Massachusetts 54th Exhbit

A look at the Massachusetts 54th all African-American Unit

Who were the Massachusetts 54th?

The first all African-American soldiers who fought in war against the whites were called the Massachusetts 54th. This war was called the Civil War. The definition of civil is: of or relating to ordinary citizens and their concerns, as distinct from military or ecclesiastical matters. So the Massachusetts 54th were fighting for respect from the whites. However, they would have to gain discrimination, or death before they could earn respect.

What did the Massachusetts 54th have to go through?

They were very poorly treated. If they escaped they were whipped, even if their owner didn't think they deserved it. They wanted to show the other slaves a lesson. The Massachusetts 54th also had to some hard labor. They had to cut down trees, for shelter and other needed objects.