“Colored” troops disembarking from a steamer returning from the war in Cuba

http://youtu.be/9AOf30Fk0gU Rare footage recorded on Thomas Edison Moving Picture paper film in May 1898 at Tampa, Florida. This film records African-American troops walking down a steep plank as they disembark a troop steamer in May 1898 returning from fighting in Cuba during the short-lived Spanish American War. The plank was especially steep because the disembarkation [...]