Efforts are underway in Worcester to update the city’s monument to African American residents who served in World War II because the list of names may be incomplete.
The City Council recently approved an order filed by Councilor-at-Large Khrystian King, requesting the city’s veterans’ services director to provide a report identifying all black and mixed-race Worcester residents who served in World War II, The Telegram & Gazette reported.
King has also asked the city administration to compare the city’s list against any national databases.
The city’s Citizens of Color World War II Honor Roll, listing black residents who served, was erected in 2017.
It replaced a monument that was put up in 1943 but taken down in 1959 to make way for construction of Interstate 290.
There are 144 names on the current honor roll, but members of the African American community say it is incomplete because it only includes the names of those who served up to the end of 1943.
As many as 100 additional black city residents entered the military from the end of 1943 to the end of the war in 1945, historian and Holy Cross senior lecturer Thomas Doughton said.
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