CSA 1st Louisiana Native Guard (1861-1862)

The 1st Louisiana Native Guard was the first official black regiment in the Confederate Army. The Guard was formed when Louisiana Governor Thomas Overton Moore accepted into the state militia a regiment of approximately 1,100 free African American men. When Governor Moore called for troops … Read MoreCSA 1st Louisiana Native Guard (1861-1862)

Augustus (Augustine) Tolton (1854-1897)

Born into slavery in 1854, Fr. Augustus (Augustine) Tolton was one of the country’s first African American Roman Catholic priests. Tolton shares early black Catholic history with three brothers of Irish-African American ancestry: James, Sherwood, and Patrick Healy. The Healy brothers were ordained two to … Read MoreAugustus (Augustine) Tolton (1854-1897)