All-black `Glory' unit from Civil War reactivating

BOSTON (AP) -- An all-black Civil War infantry unit honored in the Oscar-winning movie "Glory" with Denzel Washington is making a real-life comeback.

The 54th Massachusetts -- praised for a doomed charge in South Carolina in 1863 -- will become a ceremonial unit for the state's National Guard. A ceremony is scheduled for later Friday at the Massachusetts Statehouse.

As a ceremonial unit, the 54th will conduct military honors at state functions and funeral services for veterans.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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