The Office of Student Affairs will present an event on the main campus of Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community & Technical College in commemoration of Black History Month. Piedmont native T.J. Coleman has made it his mission to share the story of Sgt. James Aubrey Stewart and to use the experience to promote racial understanding. He will give a presentation, titled “The Aubrey Stewart Project: Unity Through One Race…The Human Race,” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, in Multi-media Room A of the Ruth Ann Musick Library.
A reception and book signing will follow the presentation. The Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center are also sponsoring the event.
A documentary about The Wereth Eleven debuted on the National Geographic channel in 2011. The trailer for the documentary will be shown during the presentation.
Stewart, also a native of Piedmont, was one of “The Wereth Eleven,” African-American soldiers from the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion who fought in the Battle of the Bulge in World War II. Named for the Belgian town where they sought refuge, The Wereth Eleven were taken in by a local family but were captured, tortured and killed by the Germans. A memorial to the men was erected by the villagers of Wereth.
Visitors to campus attending the event will be able to park on the top deck of the parking garage. Tokens for the parking garage will be available at the event.