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Fulton Myers Post 153

American Legion -Fulton Myers Post 153, Cumberland Click on the MEDIA ITEMS below for more information


This photograph depicts the Fulton Myers Post 153 American Legion located on North Mechanic Street in Cumberland. It was named for Fulton J. Myers (1890-1918), a young black soldier serving in the 351st Field Artillery who died at Camp Meade (later known as Fort George Meade) in Maryland after a short illness.

The following is an excerpt from Cumberland, Maryland Through The Eyes of Herman J. Miller

"On September 12, 1919, the Black soldiers that marched in the soldiers’ homecoming parade were a credit to themselves, to their friends, and to their race. They received great applause all along the line of march.

After the parade they were given a chicken dinner in the basement of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. At night Frederick Street was roped off from Decatur to Linden Street and the soldiers and their friends danced to the music furnished by Professor Cromwell's and Professor Snowden's orchestras, and the South End Band, until the wee hours of the morning."

Fulton Myers Post #153 of the American Legion received its temporary charter on August 12, 1942, and its permanent charter on March 16, 1945. William F. Jones served as the first Post Commander, and Otho Simms as the first Adjutant. The post was closed during the summer of 2008. As shown elsewhere on this website, the building was razed in October 2011.


Photograph by Albert L. Feldstein

Collection Location:
Allegany County, Maryland

African Americans, History; Allegany County (Md.), History.

Allegany County (Md.), 1890-2008

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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