Marvin Tupper Jones wondered whether his family community of landowning free people of color had played a role in the Civil War. When he began his research he knew almost nothing about this rich history because the elders passed along very little. As he dug deeper he learned that his northeastern North Carolina county had over 80 United States Colored Troops (USCTs) and sailors that had come from this area. Even more surprising was that many of the servicemen were interconnected, served at crucial times and were even related to Marvin. Their servicemen helped to restored voting rights that had been taken in 1835 and two of the soldiers served in the North Carolina House of Representatives. These new rights allowed Marvin's father to vote even during Jim Crow.