The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is a singular turning point built on the efforts of the many that preceded them. They include many actions by the U.S. Army to extend equal standing to Black Americans, beginning with the Continental Army. While often the result of battlefield expediency, the U.S. Army has a long history of exceptional Soldiers and forward-thinking policies that helped build a foundation for the modern Civil Rights Movement.
Throughout history, the United States of America has sought to care for its Soldiers in gratitude for their service. These honors include memorials, remembrances, and celebrations alongside tangible benefits that improve the well being of both the Veterans and the nation they served. This presentation highlights the recognition bestowed upon Veterans returning from conflicts and the measures undertaken by the United States to encourage future participation in the Armed Forces.
As the Army’s front door, the Museum is an enduring effort to tell the Army’s story and honor the accomplishments, sacrifices and commitment of American Soldiers. The Museum is the first comprehensive and truly national museum to capture, display and interpret more than 246 years of Army history.