The Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church invited three veterans to speak on their experiences with segregation during the war Monday evening.
Asa Davison, a World War II veteran and ninety-four years young, is the oldest living African-American veteran in the Marion County area. He addressed the group and told stories about his experiences in the war as a black soldier.
Paul McCue, a World War two veteran, was able to talk about segregation from his point of view. Being a white soldier, he lamented about when arriving on a navy ship, black soldiers were housed in the bottom of the ship, while the white soldiers were on the upper decks.
After telling their stories, the church played the movie “The Wereth Eleven”, which retold the story of the massacre of eleven black soldiers.
As Dr. Mark A. Staples, who is pastor of the church explained, ‘We live in a nation were we have freedom. That freedom didn’t come without a fight and without loss and so i just wanted them to understand that a lot of sacrifices were made by these.. all veterans all men in the military past present and future and were just so grateful to be apart of a great nation.”