Back To News
National Headquarters

(Louisville, KY) – In recognition of Black History Month, The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), one of the nation’s leading organizations in Revolutionary War education and genealogical research is celebrating the impact that Black Patriots made during the American Revolution.

Thousands of African Americans, both free persons of color and enslaved, supported the American Revolution. Estimates range from 5,000, to over 10,000, African Americans participated in the Revolution in various ways. African Americans fought in every major battle in the Revolution, beginning April 19, 1775, and continuing through Yorktown. They served in the Continental Army, in militias and at sea. The SAR welcomes as members proven descendants of Black Patriots who, by force of arms or rendering material aid, contributed to the Patriot cause. “The SAR honors the sacrifices of everyone who contributed to the Patriot Cause and helped found our great Nation. We encourage all Americans to investigate their lineage and welcome all eligible persons to join our Society. Please consult our website and your local chapter for assistance in becoming an SAR member”, said John Dodd, SAR President General. SAR Executive Director, Todd Bale, adds “NSSAR remains committed to celebrating a historically accurate and fully inclusive narrative about our country’s founding and war to win our Independence. We are excited to provide patriotism, service, and sacrifice examples from every engaged demographic in the cause.”

The SAR Genealogical Library, located on West Main Street, is proud to join the Louisville Downtown Partnership for the Hometown Tourism Celebration, in which patrons can enjoy half-off admission from February 1-11, 2024. For more resources on African American involvement in the American Revolution, visit If you are interested learning more or becoming a member of the SAR, please follow this link: