In honor of Black History Month, the Boston Public Library’s Grove Hall Branch today is opening a special exhibit, “Triumph! Unsung Black Veterans in U.S. History (Duty-Sacrifice-Honor).” Curated by Haywood Fennell, who served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, the exhibit uses thirteen oil paintings by a group of young artists to tell the stories of black veterans who served the nation in wartime, even while facing institutionalized discrimination at home.
One of the subjects is William Carney, a former slave who fought with the famed all-black 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment in the Civil and became the first African American Medal of Honor recipient for his courage under fire at the Battle of Fort Wagner in South Carolina in 1863.
The exhibit was created in 2014 by the Artists for Humanity Boston’s after school program. It runs through March 18 at the Grove Hall Branch , which is located at 41 Geneva Street in Dorchester, Mass.