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Posted on: September 16, 2011

[ARCHIVED] HONORING AMHERST'S BLACK CIVIL WAR SOLDIERS

A town ceremony to honor five of the Amherst men who served in "colored regiments" who are known to be buried in Amherst's West Cemetery

Charles Finnemore - (Massachusetts 54th Infantry)
Genalvin Marse - (Connecticut 29th Infantry)
Charles Thompson - (Massachusetts 5th Cavalry)
Christopher Thompson - (Massachusetts 5th Cavalry)
John Thompson - (Massachusetts 5th Cavalry)

Sunday, September 18, 2011. 2:00P.M. - West Cemetery (Rain or shine!)

West Cemetery is in downtown Amherst, off North Pleasant St., just North of the post­
office and Ren's Mobil Station. An entrance gate is behind the row of shops that includes The Toy Box, Baku's Restaurant, and Zanna's. Another entrance is on Triangle Street, near Jones-Town & Country Real Estate.

A public reception will be held after the ceremony at Hope Community Church, 16
Gaylord Street. (Gaylord St. is a short street that runs between South Prospect St. and Lincoln Ave. From the JonesLibrary and the Amherst Historical Society on Amity St., a few steps west from the stoplight in the center of town, go a short block south along South Prospect St., then turn right downhill on Gaylord St.)

And -On the preceding Friday, September 16, at 5:30 P.M., Hope Church will host a public free showing of the movie "Glory", the 1989 movie that portrays the Massachusetts 54th's July, 1863 attack on Fort Wagner. Pizza and discussion to follow the film

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