AfriGeneas Military Research Forum
Yorktown Celebration Ignores Soldiers of Color
There is an event planned for October 19th, to commemorate the 225th Anniversary of the Siege of Yorktown. The event is to be held at Colonial Yorktown, and will commemorate the Soldiers who fought at The Siege of Yorktown. Many of the Soldiers who fought at the Siege of Yorktown were Persons of Color, Native, blacks, Mulatto. I am a descendant of Rawley Pinn, who fought at The Siege of Yorktown. He fought out of Amherst County with a unit headed by Colonial William Cabell. Many of the Natives who fought had been classified as White or Mulatto. Of those who marched from Amherst County, I am related to, John Redcross, Benjamin Evans, and Abraham Cooper. Not only did Rawley fight at the Siege, so did his brother, Robert Pinn, his nephews Billy, Jim, and John Pinn.
On September 30, 2000, an event was held at Yorktown to commemorate the Persons of Color who fought at the Siege of Yorktown. I was one of the organizers of the event, and a speaker. Since that time I have not been kept abreast of the events at Colonial Yorktown. However, I did find out recently that none of those on the list I supplied to Colonial Yorktown are included on the database. So it would appear that this celebration that is planned will exclude soldiers of color from Amherst County.
It is truly sad, that we pay taxes to a government that continues to ignore us and our achievements. We are in the year 2005, and still have to fight to have recognition for our participation in American History.