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On May 24, 1918, Private Fulton J. Myers, a Black, the son of Jacob L. Myers, 17 Wallace Street, died at Camp Meade after a short illness. He was a member of 351st Field Artillery. He was survived by his parents, four brothers and three sisters. The funeral of Private Fulton J. Myers was held on May 27, 1918, from the home of his father. Reverend F. S. Dennis, Pastor of the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, presided. Burial was in Rosehill Cemetery. Pallbearers were Deneen Banks, Henry Harris, Albert Bromers, Ernest Combs, Walter Edwards, and Nelson Dens on. The funeral was conducted with military honors. The First Western Maryland Band led the cortege. The casket was covered with an American flag. Taps sounded at the grave. The Fulton Myers Post #158 of the American Legion was named in honor of Private Fulton J. Myers.

On April 17, 1919, Sergeant Ferry R. Smith and Private William H. Smith, young Black men of Cumberland, were members of the First Band, stationed at St. Nazaire, France. The band travelled about France furnishing amusement for the wounded.

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. The following ex-servicemen were honored: Wade Brewer, Albert Taylor, Walter Pope, Carl Fisher, Aaron Howard,


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Miller, Herman J.

Mayor and Council, City of Cumberland


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27 x 20 cms

Stegmaier, Harry

Cumberland (Md.), history

Cumberland (Md.), 1700-1976

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

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