The late James Blackwell, Pvt, U.S. Army, is the only confirmed African American Spanish-American War veteran known to have lived in Onslow County, North Carolina. He was raised in the Swansboro region of the County.
Until officially researched by myself, through Resurrection Mission, his legacy was only known to a few of his direct descendents.
Let us take a moment to ponder the social actions of Pvt. Blackwell's day and try to understand his reasons for serving a Country, to protect certain Freedoms that he did not have the right to share fully for himself.
Semper Fi !