Harrison H. Mero, at right, of Hamden is president of the Descendants of the Connecticut 29th Colored Regiment and his niece, Jacqueline Buster, of New Haven, is the chairperson of their Monument Committee. Mero's great grandfather, Joseph K. Sills was a private in the regiment during the Civil War. The organization dedicated a black granite monument to the regiment in 2008, surrounded by stones with the names of all the more than 1100 men, both African American and Native American, who served in the regiment. The monument has been eight years in the works, and is located at Criscuolo Park, the site of the regiment's original rendezvous point, then known as Grapevine Point.
BOB MACDONNELL, Hartford Courant
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