“A Part Of The Lift Ev’ry Voice Festival”
“The 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment Trail, which honors the famous Civil War regiment of African Americans from this region, will be inaugurated on Wednesday, June 22, from 5:30 – 7 p.m., the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area (Housatonic Heritage) announced today. The festivities, which are free and open to the public, include a reception and a book signing and will be held at Chesterwood, former home and studio of sculptor Daniel Chester French, in Stockbridge, Mass.
“The 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, one of the first official African American units in the United States during the Civil War, was comprised of men from Berkshire County, Mass. and Litchfield County, Conn. The story of the unit, including its struggle for equal pay, was depicted in the 1989 film “Glory.” The MASS 54th Trail is the most recent addition to the African American Heritage Trail, a program of Housatonic Heritage.
“The kick-off celebration will coincide with the publication of a new book, “On the Other Side of Glory,” by David Levinson and Emilie Piper and published by Housatonic Heritage. The reception will include remarks by David Levinson.”