When I think of Civil War re-enactment groups, I think of crazy old men running around in period costumes waving bayonets and muskets at each other out in a field somewhere in east “We Don’t Kick It Over There,” Virginia.

Female Re-Enactors of Distinction is here to not only shake that image but to also educate you on the Black women you may never heard of.

We were not all slaves and mammies; this is a testament to that.

Female Re-Enactors of Distinction (FREED) was founded in 2005 in association with the African American Civil War Museum in D.C., and its goal is to bring to life characters from the 19th century who are the most overlooked in history books: Black women. According to the Washington Post, the group came together after a group of women donned period dress at a museum event that commemorated the establishment of the U.S. Bureau of Colored Troops during the Civil War.

Source: Black Women in D.C. Bring to Life the Untold Stories of Overlooked Black Women in Civil War History