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World War I veteran, 1940s.

This photograph, undated, shows George Stewart, a local (and well-decorated) World War I veteran. The “163” on his American Legion cap and jacket lapels references the Redd-Williams American Legion Post #163, comprised of African Americans. Though hard to believe, at one time Bloomington had separate Legion posts for black and white veterans. Steward headed Post #163 for a time.

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Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp is the Librarian at the McLean County Museum of History

Posted in Historic Photos

November 10th, 2016