The Jefferson School highlighted African-American servicemembers
A veteran speaks to kids
Military historians gave lectures at the event
The event told untold stories
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -
In honor of Veteran’s Day on Saturday, November 11, the Jefferson School hosted a special event on Friday, November 10, to highlight African-American service members.
For the past three years, a group has come together to highlight the experiences of African-American service members that have fought for the United States.
On Friday, that history was put on display to educate students and those honoring these veterans.
Military historians and service members gave lectures about the African-American experience.
More than 31 exhibitors displayed military relics and told the story of struggles and successes of those serving in a segregated military.
In addition to the displays, there were re-enactors and people singing old songs of war.
“You don't see the presence of African-Americans in those wars - as I say in a broader narrative - so this will give people an opportunity to learn how African-Americans participated in all of those wars, because there is no war fought by the United States that African-Americans did not participate,” says Maxine Holland, the organizer of the event.
Holland says that when you look at many of the records and history books, African-Americans are noticeably missing.
This event highlights those untold stories of African-Americans in the military.
A number of students from Charlottesville and Greene County attended the event.
Holland says what those students experienced today is something they will not get in their school curriculum.