Sgt. Major Henry C. Marrs
5th Regiment U.S. Colored Cavalry
Born 1838 or 1839, Shelby County, Kentucky
Died 1884, Jefferson County, Kentucky
1 “The Freedmen’s Bureau,” The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, last reviewed October 28, 2021, https://www.archives.gov/research/african-americans/freedmens-bureau.
2 Marrs, Elijah P. “Life and History of the Rev. Elijah P. Marrs, First Pastor of Beargrass Baptist Church, and Author.” Documenting the American South. : 15, https://docsouth.unc.edu/neh/marrs/marrs.html
3 “Negro Destiny,” Louisville Daily Union Press, September 16, 1865, page 2 https://drive.google.com/file/d/139wIwd72T7leGOzW-0kyBaipOeTKicsY/view?usp=sharing
4 Howard, Victor B. “The Struggle for Equal Education in Kentucky, 1866-1884.”The Journal of Negro Education, vol. 46, no. 3 1977, 305. DOI.org (Crossref), https://doi.org/10.2307/2966775.
5 Colored citizens of Frankfort, KY (1871 :. Frankfort. “Memorial of a Committee Appointed at a Meeting of Colored Citizens of Frankfort, Ky., and Vicinity, Praying the Enactment of Law for the Better Protection of Life.” N/a, n/a, 1871, https://omeka.coloredconventions.org/items/show/539.
6 Marrs, Elijah P. “Life and History of the Rev. Elijah P. Marrs, First Pastor of Beargrass Baptist Church, and Author,” Documenting the American South: 143, https://docsouth.unc.edu/neh/marrs/marrs.html. We could not ascertain what college Henry would have attended in the early 1880s.
Loretta Williams is a Peabody award-winning reporter, producer, and editor interested in stories that delve into America’s cultural divides. She’s been a producer and editor for NPR and SoundVision Productions. Since 2008 she’s been a freelance journalist working on a wide range of projects such as ISeeChange.org, Scene on Radio from the Center for Documentary Studies, and the Us & Them podcast. Her paternal great grandfathers both served in the USCT, one in the 11th USHA and the other in the 26th USCT.
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