Nearly 24,000 Kentucky African American troops fought in the American Civil War. Now, a new photo exhibit in downtown Louisville shares some of their stories.

Reckoning Inc. and the Roots 101 African American Museum have partnered to honor these Civil War veterans in the photo exhibit titled We Fought for Our Freedom: Kentucky’s African American Civil War Soldiers. It is on display at the Museum, 124 N. First St., now through February in honor of Black History Month.

Radio producer and author Dan Gediman, executive director of Reckoning, Inc., and genealogy researcher and author Denyce Peyton began documenting the lives of these soldiers as part of the Kentucky African American Civil War Soldier Project, which is attempting to unlock previously hidden information about enslaved people from Kentucky.