BU to host lecture on African American Civil War intelligence organization

For immediate release: March 1, 2007

BLOOMSBURG — Harold Dean Jones, assistant director of the African American Civil War Memorial Freedom Foundation and Museum, will present a lecture at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania on Tuesday, March 6, at 7 p.m. in the Kehr Union Multipurpose Rooms A and B. The program is free and open to the public.

His lecture, “The Legal League: African Descent Covert Activities During the Civil War” will focus on the founding of the league, its leadership and its relationship to the operational activities of the United States Colored Troops. The league was considered one of the most prolific and efficient intelligent gathering organizations during the Civil War.

Jones served in the United States Marine Corps for over twenty years. He enlisted in 1976, serving as an infantryman and Marine Security Guard with the U.S. State Department. He was selected in 1981 for the Marine Enlisted Commissioning and Education Program. Earning a commission in 1985, He served as a marine artillery and intelligence officer with the 1st and 4th Marine Corps divisions. He became an instructor at the U. S. Naval Academy in 1995 and he retired from the Marine Corps as a captain in 1997.

The African American Civil War Freedom Foundation and Museum is the first and only national memorial and museum dedicated to the United States Colored Troops in the Civil War. Located in Washington D.C., it was established in 1999 to educate the public about African Americans’ heroic struggle for freedom through photographs, documents and state of the art audio visual equipment. For more information about the museum, visit www.afroamcivilwar.org.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.