"The slaves were a part of the natural order of things and they had the same skills as white Americans had," said Anderson, the Douglass impersonator and a 2nd infantry regiment USCT. "Fredrick Douglass played a profound role in the Civil War. He represented a number of things that are kind of misunderstood. He showed this country that not only are we human beings but because of our presence here, our participation, our labors, our skills and our intelligence, we deserve to be a part of this country."
This year the United States begins its five-year celebration of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War. The sesquicentennial anniversary will show the mass contributions of blacks and their role in the military.