Black Achievement Month And The Ozarks

African American Civilian Conservation Corps and the Ozarks

Missouri State Parks and Black Achievement Month

Regimental flag and motto of the 6th U.S. Colored Infantry Regiment.

United States, Army, Colored Infantry Regiment, 6th, 1863-1865. Photograph of the regimental flag and motto of the 6th U.S. Colored Infantry Regiment depicting an African American soldier holding his rifle and fixed bayonet in one hand and pointing to his rifle with the other hand while looking at Lady Columbia (symbolic character, 1860-1870) draped with the flag and holding a flagpole with one hand and pointing to the soldier’s rifle and fixed bayonet with her other hand and a plantation scene and children in the background. Motto: “Freedom For All.” Courtesy of the Library of Congress, LC-DIG-ppmsca-11272 (digital file from original, front) LC-DIG-ppmsca-11273 (digital file from original, back) LC-USZC4-6156 (color film copy transparency). Access Advisory, Original served only by appointment because material requires special handling.

Missouri State Parks are remembering the contributions of the Civilian Conservation Corps’ Companies 1713 and 1743 for their strong and historic 1930’s structures such as, the Camp Pin Oak Dining Hall at Lake of the Ozarks State Park or the CCC lodge at Roaring River State Park. Missouri State Parks are also remembering Black Achievement Month and African Americans’ struggle for equality, at The Battle of Island Mound State Historic Site, just miles from the Kansas border,

Postcard of a fully armed Southern guerrilla soldier with a hairy face.

United States history of the Civil War Guerrillas, 1861-1865, postcard of a fully armed soldier with a hairy face. A Southern Gorilla, (Guerrilla). Picture shows an animal dressed in a military uniform with a gun and other equipment. Includes eight lines of text. “‘Oh ! for a nigger, and oh ! for a whip ; Oh ! for a cocktail, and oh ! for a nip ; Oh ! for a shot at old Greeley and Beecher ; Oh ! for a crack at a Yankee school-teacher ; Oh ! for a captain, and oh ! for a ship ; Oh ! for a cargo of niggers each trip,’ And so he kept oh-ing for all that he had not. Not contented with owing for all that he’d got.” New-York Union Envelope Deport, 144 Broadway. LC-DIG-ppmsca-11336 (digital file from original item, front).

and the 220 members of the First Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry with orders to clear out a band of Southern-sympathizing guerillas. Also, the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center in Kansas City is exhibiting the contributions of African Americans in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.