Almost 200,000 black soldiers fought for the Union during the Civil War. Their story is a unique chapter in the American conflict. These men were freedom fighters who fought for emancipation and for full citizenship rights. Mr. Gibbs discusses 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.
Mr. Gibbs has traveled throughout Ohio as a teaching artist and living history performer. Anthony portrays John Parker, an Underground Railroad conductor from Ripley, OH; Milton Holland, a soldier of Medal of Honor recipient of the 5th U.S.C.T.; and other key figures in African American History. For almost ten years Mr. Gibbs has presented historical workshops and performances on the United States Colored Troops and their participation in the Civil War. A graduate of The Ohio State University, he is founder and Creative Director of Black Historic Impressions, an organization dedicated to the remembrance, appreciation, and exhibition of African American contributions throughout history.