The 54th Massachusetts was the first all-African American regiment to be organized in the North after President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. Among its provisions, the proclamation allowed black men to participate in the Union military. Following their formation, the 54th was sent to South Carolina to take part in operations against Confederate forces. In this program, Beverly Morgan-Welch, the Executive Director of the Museum of African American History, discusses the role and contributions of Boston’s free black community and the 54th Regiment in the fight against slavery. The Paul Revere Memorial Association & the Old South Meeting House organized this event.