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Black History Month Celebration - Meet the Montford Point Marine
Black History Month Celebration - Meet the Montford Point Marine

Start Date: Feb. 02, 2013
Time: 1:00 PM

A return visit by the Chicago Chapter of the MONTFORD POINT MARINES (the first African American Marine unit) to Rockford. February 2 2013 1PM-4:30PM-“Meet the Montford Point Marines” The First African-American Marine Unit. Cost $5.00 Original Members of the Chicago Chapter of the Montford Point Marines will share their stories of service during a transitional period for the United States Military. In 1942, President Roosevelt established a presidential directive giving African Americans an opportunity to be recruited into the Marine Corps. African American Marines were segregated - experiencing basic training at Montford Point - a facility at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Approximately twenty thousand (20,000) African American Marines received basic training at Montford Point between 1942 and 1949. For more information about the Montford Point Marines check out their website at www.montfordpointmarines.com

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