The United States Colored Troops Reenactment Unit (USCT)
The John Gilmore Riley Center/Museum for African American History & Culture, Inc. is leading the effort to document the contributions and gallantry of African American soldiers in the Civil War. Forming a United States Colored Troops regiment (USCT) to participate in the reenactment of the Battle of Natural Bridge is not just a feel-good initiative but a mutual effort, in conjunction with the Natural Bridge Historical Society, to assure the authenticity and accuracy of the battle as it occurred in 1865.
Many people are not aware that African American Soldiers fought and led the charge in The Battle at Natural Bridge. These brave warriors were the men of the 2nd and the 99th Regiments United States Colored Troops (USCT).
The Regiment meets every first Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm at the John G. Riley Center/Museum Visitor Center. For information on how to join the USCT regiment or to contribute to the effort, please visit their website or contact Jarvis Rosier (Sergeant Maj. U.S. Army Retired) at Jrosier@rileymuseum.org.
Florida African American Heritage Preservation Network (FAAHPN)
The Florida African American Heritage Preservation Network (FAAHPN) is a professional association organized in 2001 by the John Gilmore Riley Center Museum.
FAAHPN serves as an informational and technical assistance resource in response to a growing interest in preserving Florida’s African American culture, that of the African Diaspora and that of other related ethnically diverse historic resources globally.