Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum and the Black History Month Committee presents ““Capturing American History; The Unique Perspective of the Female African American Service Member.” We are now partnered with the Harlem Veteran Project to present to our audience the unique experience that female African Americans had while serving in the United States Military. This year’s program features three female veterans in honor of the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America.
Our program is unique as we have asked Students from Harlem High School’s Veterans History project to choose a clip from their interview of one of our featured veterans. These clips are then shown during our program where both the veteran and the student discuss what that clip meant to each of them. All interviews are archived at the Library of Congress for the education of generations to come.
In spite of adversity and limited opportunities, African Americans have played a significant role in U.S. military history over the past 300 years. They were denied military leadership roles and skilled training because many believed they lacked qualifications for combat duty. On June 25th 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order No. 8802 establishing the fair employment practice that began to erase discrimination in the Armed Forces. This executive order gave African Americans an opportunity to serve their county as equals. Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum is honored to present these patriotic Veterans to Rockford community in celebration of Black History Month.
Doors open at 12:30 PM with the opening ceremony scheduled for 1:00 PM. The event will conclude at 4PM with an autograph session in our library. A donation is appreciated, students and seniors are free.
Directions: Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum - 211 N. Main St., Rockford, IL 61101 - From I-90 and E. State St. (US Business 20): west 6.5 miles on Business 20, which becomes one-way as Jefferson St., to Wyman (first street after the bridge over Rock River). Turn left (south) on Wyman to Mulberry. From I-39: west on US 20 Bypass to IL 2 (S. Main). Go north on IL 2 to the downtown area. Park in lots at Wyman and Mulberry or along the Rock River behind the Rockford Public Library across Wyman. Entrances to Memorial Hall are on Wyman and on N. Main. Free parking in the lot on the south side at Mulberry and Wyman.