In celebration of Black History month and  the nation's commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, the Westfield Historical Society will be hosting an exhibit donated by Ethel M Washington entitled Union County - Black Soldiers and Sailors in the Civil War. The exhibit will be displayed at the Reeve House located at 314 Mountain Avenue ,Westfield N.J. beginning February 16.

April 12, 2011, marked the beginning of the nation's four year (2011-2015) commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War and the Emancipation of enslaved Americans.  The exhibit will showcase people of African descent (Blacks and Mulatttos) from the "West Fields" and surrounding Union county who were actively engaged in the war for their freedom and their right to citizenship. On display are portraits of  Union county Black and Mulatto soldiers and sailors that enlisted in the regiments of the United States Colored Troops(USCT), as well as in white regiments raised in Union county.

Ethel Washington  currently serves as History Programs Coordinator, Union County Office of Cultural Heritage Affairs, Department of Parks and Community Renewal. She has spent most of her career working in various cultural and New Jersey institutions of higher education including part time at the Newark Museum, Montclair Art Museum and the Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution in New York City.

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The Westfield Historical Society is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to preserve and encourage interest in history, Westfield and its residents through educational efforts and community outreach programs. The Reeve house serves as the organization's headquarters, museum, and history and cultural center.

Space is limited for the gallery talk and early reservations are encouraged. For more information on this program or for reservations please contact the Westfield Historical Society at 908-654-1794. For more information about the Westfield Historical Society or to join via credit card, please visit our website at and click on membership link at the bottom of the page.