United States Colored Troops Memorial

The United States Colored Troops Memorial, a 10-foot tall limestone monument bearing the names of 142 veterans of the state’s USCT from Frankfort and surrounding counties in the Greenhill Cemetery, was recently cleaned and treated by Kentucky State University students. A Memorial Day service to honor fallen African American Civil War soldiers is planned for 11 a.m. Monday at the cemetery.

A Memorial Day service to honor fallen African American Civil War soldiers is planned for 11 a.m. Monday at Greenhill Cemetery.

Established in October 1865, the cemetery is located near the intersection of East Main Street and US 60.

The United States Colored Troops Memorial, a 10-foot tall limestone monument bearing the names of 142 veterans of the state’s USCT from Frankfort and surrounding counties, was dedicated by the Women’s Relief Corps — an affiliate of the local African American post of the Grand Army of the Republic, a Union Army vets organization — on July 4, 1942.

Kentucky State University students recently cleaned and treated the memorial, tidied the cemetery grounds and painted the 100-foot shed located near the front gate as part of a community initiative.

The VFW Post 4075 has also donated new American and POWMIA flags, which will be risen for the first time during Monday’s Memorial Day event.

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