One of the most profound aspects of the Civil War was the freeing of some 4 million enslaved people in the southern states. The road to freedom was rough, but for none more so than the African-Americans who enlisted in the Union army to help the cause of emancipation. This talk will address the rocky path to the Emancipation Proclamation, which allowed African-Americans to enlist in the army. The experiences of the Connecticut 29th and 30th Regiments will be discussed.

   David Koch is an Assistant Professor of History at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, Ct. Koch’s specialty areas are the Civil War and Native American History.

    Wednesday, September 14  6:30-8:00pm: African Americans in the Civil War with David Koch Members: $5       Non-members: $10           *RSVP Requested – Please call 203-753-0381 x10 or visit us online at