[HISTORY] OCA Unveils Historical Marker Honoring AA Soldiers in the Civil War
- OCA Unveils Historical Maker Honoring Asians Who Served in Civil War
Washington, DC - The Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA), a
national Asian Pacific American (APA) civil rights advocacy and
educational organization with over 80 chapters and affiliates
nationwide, participated in the unveiling of the first historical
marker in the United States dedicated to commemorating the American
Civil War solders of Asian descent in Columbus, Ohio.
The unveiling on April 26, 2003 took place in Franklin Park in
Columbus. This event was in conjunction with OCA's National Board
meeting and was well attended by members of the board as well as
government and community leaders of the state of Ohio.
Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA) served as honorary guest at the
banquet celebrating the unveiling of the historical marker. During
the last Congress, Congressman Honda introduced a Joint Resolution
posthumously proclaiming soldiers of Asian descent who fought in the
Civil War to be honorary citizens of the United States (H. J. Res.
125). There were numerous soldiers of Asian descent that fought
bravely in the Union and Confederate forces during the Civil War.
"Many of these honorable soldiers were denied citizenship despite
their service to this country due to the Chinese Exclusion Act of
1882 and the anti-Asian sentiment of the time," stated Raymond Wong,
OCA National President. "The establishment of the Ohio historical
marker is a first step in honoring the bravery of these formerly
unrecognized veterans of the Civil War."