Exhibit reflects on service of African-American military members

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Americans are taking the time to honor those in uniform on Veterans Day.

The African-American community reflected on the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day with an exhibit at the Carver Recreation Center.

Armistice Day signaled the end of fighting during World War I in 1918, and later became Veterans Day in the United States in 1954 as a federal holiday.

Pictures at the exhibit tell the stories of African-Americans from the American Revolution to present-day.

Veterans in Charlottesville said it should be considered a "truth-telling" show.

"Growing up as a child, none of this was available and we're making it available," said Franklin Walker, a U.S. Army veteran.

Walker said the exhibit also explains how the military started out as integrated during the American Revolution and later became segregated.

The U.S. Armed Forces were not integrated again until after World War II in 1948.



 
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