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Memorial Day 2023
We Commemorate This Day with Gratitude and Humility
Spotlight on People Who Make Maywood Special
Mr. and Mrs. Luther Johnson
Photograph and article by Dan Perkins, MCC Board Member
The Maywood Chamber of Commerce is pleased to recognize the Johnsons for their outstanding efforts in preserving and sharing information about an array of histories involving African Americans in the U.S. military. For the Johnsons, it is a labor of love, respect and devotion. Their efforts support the mission of HISTORY ON WHEELS, a Joliet, IL-based organization established by Luther Johnson to educate audiences about the achievements of Black men and women in America’s Armed Forces. Luther Johnson, a historical reenactor, is shown in the adjacent photo, along with his wife and a mannequin dressed in U.S. military attire dating back to World War 1.
On Saturday, March 11, 2023, the Johnsons hosted a half-day session at the Maywood Public Library. The session, which was co-sponsored by the Maywood Historic Preservation Commission, Maywood Rotary and the Maywood Public Library, afforded attendees opportunities to examine materials highlighting the patriotism and sacrifice of African Americans in America’s fights for freedom and democracy, dating back to the War for Independence, which began in 1776, through to the present.
Such presentations are extremely important given the highly-fractured nature of our society and world. Many Americans are unaware that the first American to die in the American Revolutionary War was Crispus Attucks, a Black man.
Maywood is a culturally rich community with significant links to important moments in American history. MCC appreciates individuals, like the Johnsons, who value our community and its role in honoring servicemen and women who stood up for our nation’s highest ideals.
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