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Forgotten Soldier

Special Exhibition June 29, 2019 - March 22, 2020
American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

Forgotten Soldier Logo with Billy Flora

Discover personal stories of enslaved and free African Americans who fought on both sides of the American Revolution and their contributions in establishing the nation in “Forgotten Soldier,” a special exhibition opening June 29, 2019, at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

Through interactive experiences, artifact displays and compelling art displays, including a new contemporary work by nationally acclaimed artist Titus Kaphar, visitors will follow forgotten stories of soldiers who enlisted in the American cause for a free and independent nation or take up arms for British forces in hopes of obtaining their own freedom.

A May 1781 court judgment sentencing Mulatto Billy to death for treason. Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation collection.

The special exhibition, running through March 22, 2020, will explore how African-American veterans worked to secure recognition of their role in the war and how some became leaders of the black community in the newly independent United States of America.

The special exhibition is held in conjunction with the 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution, marking the 400th anniversary of the first recorded Africans in Virginia in 1619.



“Forgotten Soldier” Programs

Public programming will include a series of lectures, genealogy workshops and interpretive demonstrations with re-enactors from African-American military regiments.






“Forgotten Soldier” is made possible in part by Altria Group.


About the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (until 6 p.m. June 15-August 15), tells the story of the nation’s founding, from the twilight of the colonial period to the dawn of the Constitution and beyond. Comprehensive indoor exhibits and outdoor living history capture the transformational nature and epic scale of the Revolution and its relevance today. The museum is located at 200 Water Street, in Yorktown, Virginia. Parking is free.

“Forgotten Soldier” is included with 2019 museum admission is $15.00 for adults, $7.50 for ages 6 through 12, and free for children under 6. A value-priced combination ticket to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown and Jamestown Settlement is $26.00 for adults and $12.50 for ages 6-12.  For more information about “Forgotten Soldier,” call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838.

March 2019