Hari Jones Bio
Hari Jones is the assistant director and curator of the Washington, D.C.-based African American Civil War Freedom Foundation and Museum.
is one of the foremost authorities on the role of African Americans in the Civil War
refreshingly new perspective on this subject reveals just how extensive and well-organized Americans of African descent were in their efforts to end slavery and gain their rights as citizens in league with the Constitution.
fully immersed himself in this subject matter, he
served in the United States Marine Corps
for over twenty years.
He retired as a captain in 1997.
Since then he
has been conducting extensive research on African American military service throughout American history.
is convinced that one of the best ways to dispel the myths that marginalize the military contributions of African Americans is through museum exhibits.
As the curator, content developer, and script writer for the African American Civil War Museum's exhibit entitled The Glorious March to Liberty, he
dispels such myths by employing the voices of the history makers to tell the story. ''In our exhibit,'' he
explains, ''we quote no scholars.
If you were not there in the making of the history, you do not get a quote in our exhibit.''
Other than his work at the African American Civil War Museum, Hari has worked on exhibits that are currently on display across the country.
He was a content developer for the National Park Service (NPS) museum at the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site at Tuskegee, Alabama, a content adviser for the American Civil War Center exhibit ''Take Our Stand,'' and a content adviser for the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) exhibit ''Discovering the Civil War.'' Television outlets, including the History Channel and the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) have also sought his expertise.
has appeared on the History Channel's ''Gettysburg'' documentary, PBS's ''American Lives II with Henry Louis Gates,'' and the History Detectives.
was also called on by NBC's
''Who Do You Think You Are?'' to assist Vanessa Williams in understanding the contributions of her Civil War ancestor David Carll, who served in the 26th United States Colored Troops.
has been featured on:
NPR The Truth ABout Juneteenth - Hari Jones
Washington Post - A Juneteenth Story with Hari Jones
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