Highlighting the accomplishments of African Americans in the military

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - When people walk into the Alexandria Museum of Art, they'll see a full display of black history.

For Black History Month, the Alexandria Museum of Art chose to focus on the contribution of African Americans to the U.S. Military. | Alexandria Museum of Art

"It tells many untold stories," Catherine Pears, the executive director of the Alexandria Museum of Art said.

For Black History Month, the museum particularly focused on the contribution of African Americans to the U.S. Military.

"Knowing that growing up there was such a gap in the stories that we learned," Elisabeth Keller, the president of Inglewood Farm and sponsor of the exhibit said. "I desire that these stories can come more to the forefront to enrich all of us in hearing them."

The exhibit highlights pioneers who broke barriers: Henry Plummer, who became the first chaplain for the 9th Cavalry. General Daniel James Jr., a fighter pilot in the Air Force, and first African American to become a four-star general. Also on display the Tuskegee Airmen, Montford Point Marines, Buffalo Soldiers, and various women groups such as the 688th Postal Battalion.

"The purpose of this exhibit is to bring awareness to all branches of service," Linda Rhodes said.

Rhodes also helped bring the exhibit to Alexandria and for her, the history hits on a different level since she was once a Buffalo Soldier herself.

"I told them I was going to bring them a treat," Rhodes said, while speaking about her conversations with other soldiers. "I was going to bring them some of their history and they were all excited about what I was bringing."

The exhibit will be on display until February 22.

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