Black Brigade Monument
This monument was the first piece of public art commissioned for Smale Riverfront Park. It consists of bronze statues and plaques, interpretive signs, and carved stones which includes the names of all 718 members of the brigade.
The Black Brigade was formed in 1862 to construct barricades to defend Cincinnati from Confederate attack. Initially, members of the Black Brigade were forced into service. Then, after a public outcry, 718 African-American men volunteered for the service and formed The Black Brigadeâ€”which, alongside many other local soldiers, successfully built the critical fortifications in Northern Kentucky.
Created by: John Hebenstreit and Carolyn Manto, Sculptors; Tyrone Williams, Writer; and Erik Brown, Graphic Designer
0 W. Mehring Way