Hartford site could become museum for Black Civil War regiment

The city-owned building would also be converted into subsidized housing for low-income veterans.

HARTFORD, Conn. – A vacant building in Hartford could become a museum honoring Connecticut’s Black Civil War regiment. An Army veteran is leading a project to raise $35 million to tell the story of the 29th Regiment Connecticut Infantry, the first Union soldiers to enter the defeated city of Richmond.

The city-owned building, the former McCook Hospital, would also be converted into subsidized housing for low-income veterans. Democratic U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal has offered to help the group with the federal funding process.

City officials say a thorough environmental assessment must be done before the project can go ahead.

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While it was a working hospital, McCook was one of the closest to the scene of the Hartford Circus fire in July 1944. many injured were taken to McCook that day.

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