Friday, February 18, 2022

Natchez U.S. Colored Troops (USCT) Monument Project Garners National Attention for Black History Month 2022


Deborah Fountain
Genealogist, Historian

Natchez, Miss. – The Natchez U.S. Colored Troops (USCT) Monument Project garnered national attention as the featured topic of the first episode for the 2022 Black History month episode series of the widely-acclaimed Genealogy Adventures Live Show.  As the kickoff hour-long episode to Genealogy Adventures Live’s signature 5-week long celebration of Black History month, the shortest month of the calendar year, Creating the Memorial for the USCT of Natchez, Mississippi aired Sunday, January 30, 2022 at 4 pm EST on Facebook and YouTube with the e360tv app, broadcasting simultaneously on Roku TV, Fire TV, Apple TV, and Android TV where it can still be viewed. It is also available on-demand as a podcast on Spotify, iTunes, SoundCloud and iHeart Radio.
Since its launch in 2016 as an online video podcast, Genealogy Adventures has grown to become a popular nationally and internationally recognized show, drawing viewers from across the country and all over the world.  In 2018, and again in 2021, Genealogy Adventures Live was named one of Feedspot’s Top 25 Genealogy shows to watch on YouTube, which placed the show with well-known online broadcast streams like those of Ancestry, MyHeritage, and FamilySearch.
The Genealogy Adventures Live show focuses on examining overlooked and forgotten chapters of American history through a genealogical lens, revealing parallels to today. Together, co-hosts, Brian Sheffey and Donya Williams have more than 50 years of research experience and share their knowledge with people who have faced great difficulty in finding their own family connections.  Brian and Donya were awarded the prestigious 2021 Ida B. Wells Service Award from the Sons and Daughters of the United States of the Middle Passage in recognition of their tireless efforts to uplift the memory of enslaved people and their stories, through their work on the Genealogy Adventures Live program.
Deborah Fountain, the Lead Genealogist and History and Research Subcommittee Chairperson of the Natchez USCT Monument Committee served as the guest representative for the episode Creating the Memorial for the USCT of Natchez, Mississippi.  The show’s one-hour interactive conversation covered a range of topics, including: the background and history of the more than 3,000 Natchez U.S. Colored troops who served during the Civil War, the composition of the Natchez USCT Monument Committee and the steps taken so far through organizing and community dialogue toward creating and erecting a monument. Fountain also shared information on what individuals can do to determine whether their ancestors served in the Natchez USCT. 
Viewers contributed positive feedback, comments, ideas and helpful suggestions during this episode about the Natchez USCT Monument Project and have continued to engage since the live broadcast aired.
Fountain expressed gratitude to the Genealogy Adventures Live on behalf of the Natchez USCT Monument Committee for featuring the Natchez USCT Monument Project on the first episode of its 2022 Black History Month series.
For more information about the U.S. Natchez Colored Troops Monument Project and ways you can get involved or contribute, please visit
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