Kentucky African American Civil War Soldiers’ Monument

This important monument at Green Hill Cemetery, honors the sacrifice of African American soldiers from Kentucky who fought and died in the Civil War. Not only did these men risk their lives in battle, they risked their lives just to enlist.

In the Civil War Kentucky was a neutral state, however, those who were enslaved had to escape to go join the union army in order to fight for their freedom.

When this monument was unveiled on July 4, 1924, it was one of only four monuments in the country that recognized the sacrifices these men had made. Not only were they fighting for their own lives, they were fighting for the lives of those they left at home and for the freedom of future generations.