Congressional Gold Medal Award Ceremony Honors First African-American Marines
William McDowell (2nd L), a representative of the Montford Point Marines, receives the Congressional Gold Medal from U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) (L) as House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (3rd L) and Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) (4th L) look on during a presentation ceremony at the Emancipation Hall of the Capitol Visitor's Center June 27, 2012 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The Montford Point Marines was recognized for being the nation's first African-American Marines who received basic training at Montford Point Camp, New River, N.C. from 1942 to 1949, and their services to the country.
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