WARREN - February is Black History Month, and the Warren-Trumbull County Main Public Library, 444 Mahoning Ave. N.W., will mark the month with various programs including a free Civil War program on black soldiers to be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 2.
Presenter Anthony Gibbs will discuss the almost 200,000 black soldiers who fought for the Union during the Civil War. The men were freedom fighters who fought for emancipation and for full citizenship rights.
Gibbs will discuss events significant to these men that led up to the Civil War and what made these men different from the other thousands who fought and died in the War Between the States.
Gibbs is a teaching artist who has taught and presented many history programs and character impressions. He studied history at the Ohio State University and currently works for the Ohio Historical Society as the unit manager of community programs. He is also founder and creative director of Black Historic Impressions, an organization dedicated to the remembrance, appreciation and exhibition of African-American contributions throughout history.