On Monday, February 3, 2020, The War Memorial Center unveiled their much-anticipated exhibit on African American contributions to the U.S. military, just in time for Black History Month at the War Memorial Center, 750 N Lincoln Memorial Dr. The mural, which is located on the third floor of the center, documents African American participation in all the wars fought by the United States. From Crispus Attucks (the first American to die in the American Revolution) to troops who served in Operation Desert Storm, displays placed throughout the mural tell the stories of Wisconsinites who served. Among the many guests at the unveiling was keynote speaker Marcia Anderson (pictured), the first African American woman to become a Major General in the U.S. Army Reserve.
“We’ve wanted to do something like this for a long time. It’s critical that we all honor the contributions of African American service members who played a pivotal role since the birth of this nation in protecting the freedom we all cherish,” said Dan Buttery, President/CEO of the War Memorial Center.