Recognition Of So Called African American (Moorish-American) Soldiers Who Fought In The Civil War
July 27th, 2014
Source: Information suggested by Brother Sean Bey, news article from www.nj.com
“A group of residents are searching for descendants of those 11 Civil War veterans initially buried at the historic African American cemetery located on Red Bank Avenue, under what is now a parking garage at Inspira Hospital. Family members of the veterans interred at the former cemetery will be asked to take part in a special ceremony recognizing the site as a part of Woodbury’s history, scheduled for Friday, June 27, 2014 at 1 p.m., at the hospital parking garage near the corner of Broad Street and Red Bank Avenue.
‘We’re looking for people who are related to the 11 Civil War veterans who were buried there, before they were moved to the Presbyterian cemetery,’ said Gloria Holmes, who has for more than a year been advocating for an honorary plaque to be placed at the former cemetery site.’
She and other members of the African-American Historic Project of Woodbury and its Vicinity, have organized the ceremony recognizing the historic site.
‘There are 11 Civil War veterans who were buried there, but only 10 of the headstones were legible, so unfortunately we only have 10 names to provide for people.’
Those 10 veterans’ names, and other information as it appears on their headstone, are:
1). Chas. Gibson, 59th Conn. infantry, Company D.
2). I. Hill, 29th Conn. infantry Company D.
3). Handy Horn, sergeant, Company F, 43 USC, died May 21, 1896.
4). Jno. Coy, Company F, 22nd US Co. H.
5). John Lewis, Company I, 22nd New Jersey volunteers, died April 1, 1890, at the age of 68.
6). Alex Bailey, private, Company A, 43 Reg. US Col. troop, died Oct. 6, 1897, at the age of 63.
7). Eben Money, 24th US CT.
8). Joseph Gibson, private, Company B, 6th Reg., US Col. volunteer infantry, died Dec. 8, 1901, at the age of 58.
9). John Andrews, Company D, 29th Conn. infantry.
10). Jno. Handy, Company F, 22nd US CT.
‘We’re pleased the hospital and the city council are recognizing the Civil War vets that were buried in this cemetery and relocated to the Presbyterian church, so we give them our thanks,’ said Kirk Kersey, a member of the history project. ‘A lot of the younger people don’t know it’s a historic site, and I think this could help educate people.’
The cemetery, founded in 1832 on what is now Red Bank Avenue as a burial place for African Americans and their families, contained the remains of at least 47 people, including 11 Civil War veterans and a prominent AME bishop, until 1962 when they were transferred to the Presbyterian Cemetery on North Broad Street. A plaque at the Broad Street cemetery remembers the names of all of those transferred. However, Holmes and others have pushed for a plaque on the original cemetery site.”
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Web Master Notes: The picture below was taken by Brother Sean Bey who went to the Woodbury’s ceremony with his family.
Notice in the picture a brother is wearing a Union Army uniform and the European is wearing a Zouave uniform with Moorish/Asiatic attire. Europeans and Asiatics fought in the Zouave regiments. Research will show that Europeans and Asiatics can be seen wearing red fezzes and blue fezzes fighting in the Zouave regiments with tassels of many colors. Some of the fezzes had numbers on them to show which regiment they were a part of. European slaves and Asiatic/Moorish slaves were fighting for their freedom and were in mixed regiments together. The Zouave uniform was worn by Europeans and Moorish/Asiatic fighters. Many of our ancestors ‘died’ fighting in the North and South during the civil war as so called slaves, as so called Native Americans/Indians (Moorish Tribes) as militias and Zouave fighters; which is why we have so much interest in what is going on in the government today and within the United States of America. We must take the right steps to go through Naturalization, Colonization and Compensation, enforce the four proclamations of President Abraham Lincoln that secures our birth rights and nationality, push the 13th Amendment with 20 Sections (the true 13th Amendment) and the purpose of the Moorish Divine and National movement founded by Prophet Noble Drew Ali.
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