The African American Civil War Museum provides a comprehensive background on the USCT memorial. (Courtesy of African American Civil War Museum)

The African American Civil War Museum, capping off a week of celebrations, recently  honored Pepco with its Corporate Citizen Award during the museum’s 20th anniversary gala at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The event, which was attended by descendants of the United States Colored Troops, their friends, neighbors and others, honored Pepco as a proud community partner in tribute to USCT’s bravery and sacrifice.

“We are honored to be recognized for our lasting commitment to AACWM,” said Donna Cooper, Pepco region president. “Our partnerships with historic institutions, like AACWM, helps us give back to the communities we serve.”

Pepco received the Corporate Citizen Award from the African American Civil War Museum. (Courtesy of AACWM)

In 1998, the African-American Civil War “Spirit of Freedom” monument was unveiled and is the first national memorial to pay tribute to the 209,145 soldiers, including 7,000 White soldiers, known as the United States Colored Troops. The African American Civil War Museum provides a comprehensive background on the memorial and helps visitors explore a little-known chapter of our shared history.

“It is our pleasure to present Pepco with our Corporate Citizen Award,” said Dr. Frank Smith, AACWM founding director. “We have had 20 good years of progress and growth as an organization, and Pepco’s involvement has been key to that development. The future looks bright, and it’s time to celebrate our path to progress as we plan for the future.”

In 2017, Pepco contributed more than $3.3 million to local nonprofits, while employees volunteered nearly 7,000 hours to help hundreds of organizations throughout the District of Columbia and Maryland. Together, employees at Pepco and the Exelon family of companies volunteered more than 210,000 hours with a variety of nonprofit organizations in 2017.

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