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Black History Month observance at Fort Stewart

Soldiers gathered at Ft. Stewart on Wednesday for a Black History Month observance. (Source: WTOC) Soldiers gathered at Ft. Stewart on Wednesday for a Black History Month observance. (Source: WTOC)
FORT STEWART (WTOC) -

Fort Stewart soldiers took time out of their day to observe Black History Month.

Different speakers took to the podium to highlight Savannah's history and how the city played a major role in the Civil Rights Movement and the advancement of freedom.

One presenter said Savannah was the first legally desegregated city in the southern United States. And then there is the tie to the military.

The first eight out of nine black police officers in Savannah were World War II veterans and the military was desegregated years before the rest of the country.

"The way I look at it, is a fact that I'm particularly proud of because the United States military was light years ahead of its time compared to the rest of the country when it came to integration and general acceptance,” said Staff Sgt. Justin Fauntleroy, program presenter.

This year's theme was hallowed grounds, looking at sites of African-American memories.

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