Throughout America’s history, from the Battle of Lexington to the Battle for Fallujah, black Soldiers have honorably answered the call to duty, serving with great valor and distinction in America’s armed forces.

Each February, the U.S. Army celebrates and pays tribute to black Soldiers and recognizes the important contributions they have made in past wars and are continuing to make today in overseas contingency operations.

This timeline spans the history of black Soldiers from the American Revolution to present day operations.

For individuals using screen readers: to best view the timeline we recommend the TEXT-ONLY VERSION.