Most accounts of the Revolutionary War give the impression that America's independence from Britain was won by brave white men, but Maurice A. Barboza wants to tell the rest of the story.
Mr. Barboza is trying to revive an effort that stalled three years ago due to fundraising and management problems to build the first monument on the Mall honoring black Colonial soldiers.
"They were Americans, and they should be honored," Mr. Barboza said. "They were founders of the country."
Congress first approved the idea for a memorial to black Revolutionary War soldiers at a site between the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument more than 20 years ago, but the effort has since become stuck in Washington's bureaucratic maze.
You can read more about the effort in the Associated Press story that is available in many places, including at http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/aug/10/mall-monument-to-black-patriots-gets-another-shot/. Another story about the same efforts may be found at http://www.libertyfunddc.org/.