Historical marker honoring the U.S. 61st Colored Infantry Regiment at the Madison Co. Courthouse.

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JACKSON, TN (WNBJ) – The 61st US Colored Infantry historical marker was recently unveiled at the Madison County Courthouse.

The historical marker indicates that more than 155 years ago, more than one hundred African Americans from Madison County volunteered at the county courthouse to fight in the Civil War.

The Madison County Courthouse served as a recruiting station for the Union Army.

The organization says those who served were not only fighting for their country, but also for their freedom.

The president of the Jackson-Madison County NAACP branch believes the marker is a good start to recognize the bravery and sacrifices made by those who were enslaved.

“Even though they were enslaved and because of their actions, we are all a little better off for that. This statue, this monument, represents hope, it represents the future, to create a society and a community who embrace our history,” said Harrell Carter, president of the Jackson-Madison County NAACP branch.

The NAACP says it plans to continue honoring heroes who were members of the 61st US Colored Infantry.

They want to do more research to find more names of men in A and B companies associated with the infantry regiment.

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