We Will Prove Ourselves To Be Men- - 127th Regiment US Colored Troops Digital History ID 2370|
Credit: Library of Congress
Media type: decorative arts
Museum Number: LC-USZ62-23097
Annotation: This is a regimental flag depicting an African American soldier standing next to Columbia holding a flag.
Painted flags were an important form of popular art in the 19th century, and were used both for ceremonial and decorative purposes. David Bustill Bowser (1820-1900), a poor African-American from Philadelphia, is best known for his paintings on flags of the United States Colored Troops (USCT). These flags present rich portraits of black soldiers in allegorical settings.
Copyright 2021 Digital History