Commissioners Unveil Historical Marker for Black Revolutionary War Soldiers

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On Saturday, the Board of Commissioners joined the Lawnside Historical Society and Mayor Maryann Wardlow to unveil a historical marker honoring Black fighters in the Revolutionary War.


The marker was installed in front of the community center, those cited include the Rhode Island Regiment, which is regarded as the first Black battalion in U.S. military history. The marker also depicted Oliver Cromwell, a Black soldier who crossed the Delaware River with George Washington and Colonel Tye, of Monmouth County who raided plantations freeing the enslaved to join the British cause.


“It is so important to honor the contributions that Black Americans have made to our country throughout history,” Commissioner Jonathan Young said. “Especially the contributions made by Black Americans in our military. I am honored to unveil this historical marker so the memory of these brave men can live on forever.”


In preparation for America’s 250th celebrations Camden County has partnered with the Camden County Historical Society to match federal grant funds to install 34 American Revolution historic signs that document our local history. Saturday’s unveiling will be the 13th sign, with the rest being installed by July 4th, 2026.  




Historical Marker for Black Revolutionary War Soldiers, March 30, 2024