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Driving force behind historical marker to be honored in nation's capital

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Last month a historical marker was unveiled outside Wilmington National Cemetery to honor the hundreds of US Colored Troops buried in the Port City. Next week the man behind that marker will be honored for his efforts.

Frederick Johnson will received an award in Washington, DC, Monday at the grand opening of the new African-American Civil War Memorial. The Korean War vet pushed for the marker to honor black soldiers who died for their country in the Civil War.

Johnson is excited about the recognition.

"Many people don't know that I have ancestors there that were soldiers in the war and their names are on that monument," Johnson said. "Because of the marker placement and celebration that's why I think I have been asked to come up and take place in this great ceremony. I feel so honored. Gratefully honored."

About 500 US Colored Troops are thought to be buried in Wilmington. Ninety-two members - 88 black soldiers and four white officers - are buried in Wilmington National Cemetery.

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