Welcome to Women’s History Month 2024!

Although they often didn’t receive the credit they deserved, Black women have ALWAYS been at the forefront of our struggles for freedom and justice. Join us this month as we endeavor to celebrate those who not only preserved our culture through great adversity, but who also fought FEROCIOUSLY to elevate their people.

Can you match the trailblazing Black woman with her role in the Civil War?

Charlotte FortenSusie King TaylorHarriet TubmanSojourner Truth
*laundress, nurse with her husband’s 33rd USCT Regiment 
*grandson joined the 54th from Michigan
*spy and 1-time expedition leader for the Union Army
*taught freed slaves on St. Helena Island, South Carolina

What was Harriet Tubman’s birth name?What was Sojourner Truth’s birth name?

The Fifty-fourth’s First Black Woman Commander


Dana Sanders-Udo

Colonel, 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, MANG,  Ceremonial Honor Guard

November 2019 to August 2020

While it was a segregated Black unit–with only white men as officers–when it left the Commonwealth to enter the fighting in the ACW in late May of 1863, Col Sanders-Udo commanded a diverse regiment of American women and men (and multiple gender identities) of various ethnic backgrounds between 2019 and 2020. 

Since being resurrected in 2008 (under the leadership of Mass Gov Deval Patrick and MANG Adj Gen Joseph Carter – both the first Black men to hold those positions!), the 54th Mass Vol Inf Regiment serves as the Ceremonial Honor Guard, performing military funeral services in Massachusetts and beyond. 

Through exceptional organization and leadership, the 54th is able to complete thousands of missions each year.

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