Jefferson School Hosts Event to Commemorate the African American Military Experience
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Veterans Day on Monday marks a day of thanks for our armed forces, past and present. Ahead of that, two central Virginia organizations are making sure the contributions of African American service members won't be forgotten.
At the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, more than 27 exhibitors represented the African American military experience from before the Revolutionary War up to the present day. The event was organized by the Veteran's Committee of Central Virginia.
Many of the exhibits are manned by veterans, talking about their own personal experiences. The event is meant to celebrate the services of African American veterans. However, organizers say it's also a chance to educate the public, especially students, about a side of history they may not have been taught in school.
"This is the reason we have this particular show is to educate and teach people about African Americans being in participation and being included in each war that we have ever had, including the segregated part,” U.S. Army Veteran Frank Walker said.
The event also featured presentations from authors and professors about African American military history.