Opening in 1999, the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum is presently located at 1925 Vermont Avenue NW in Washington, D.C.  Its purpose is preservation and presentation of the accounts and contributions of those 209,145 members of the United States Colored Troops (USCT) and their involvement in the Civil War. 

More than 200,000 of these members were African Americans who served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy and their involvement influenced not only the victory of the Union over the Confederacy, but it also led to the ultimate ending of slavery of over 4,000,000 persons of African descent.  The other members of the 175 regiments of the USCT include, as per the website of the National Park Service on the museum and memorial, “7,000 White officers and 2,145 Hispanic surnames.  Also honored are the approximate 20,000 Navy sailors whose names are not yet on the wall because the Navy was not segregated.”