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June 15, 2024 1:08 am

WCC to celebrate Black History with presentation on 135th U.S. Colored Troops

GOLDSBORO — Wayne Community College will hold a talk on the 135th United States Colored Troops in recognition of Black History Month. The presentation is set for 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16. It will be held in Room 101 of the Walnut Building on the college’s main campus in Goldsboro.

Jay and Amy Bauer, the president and vice president of the 135th U.S. Colored Troop Research Team, will speak on “Where Eagles Come From: The Journey of the 135th.” They will be joined by 135th USCT re-enactors. The presentation will also be streamed live via the college’s Facebook page (wayneccnc).

The troop, formally the 135th Regiment of the United States Colored Infantry, was organized in Goldsboro on March 27, 1865 and mustered into the U.S. Army the next day. Their service took them through Virginia and they defended Washington, D.C. They were taken to Kentucky to perform guard duty where they were mustered out of service on Oct. 23, 1865.

The talk is a prelude to the dedication of the site of Civil War Trails signs that were installed recently in downtown Goldsboro. That ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. on March 27. More information about the 135th USCT can be found at and

The event is provided by the WCC Cultural Diversity/Global Education Task Force. It is free and open to all. There is no registration.

Contact Tara Humphries at 919-739-7002 or with any questions about this event.

— From Wayne Community College Public Information