Many African-Americans are the descendants of brave warriors despite a misconception that all Black ancestors were enslaved.
An unveiling of a statue is scheduled for June 17th in Cave Springs Park, 204 Spear St, here in Pulaski.
At 11am the unveiling is planned for the statue, “Resurrection of Valor” that faces North First Street (U.S. Highway 31) just north of the Giles County Courthouse.
Pamela Sue Keller is the sculptor of the statue that was commissioned by a group lead by longtime Giles County Educator Vivian Sims.
Nearly 2,400 U.S. Colored Troops forced Confederate soldiers from Fort Hill above Cave Springs Park. Many USCT soldiers settled in Pulaski rather than return to a plantation. There were 20,000 Blacks fighting the Confederacy in Tennessee, 200,000 in the South.
Nearly two years ago, Sims was named to the Pulaski City Council’s Community Advisory Council on Inclusive Recognition and Acknowledgement. Panelists were asked for suggestions. Sims recommended and council members agreed to honor the U.S. Colored Troops.
Local leaders know Pulaski’s history can’t be changed. They’ve sought reconciliation for decades. “Resurrection of Valor” is another step with the help of Vivian Sims.