Congressional Gold Medal Award Ceremony Honors First African-American Marines
William McDowell (C), a representative of the Montford Point Marines to receive the Congressional Gold Medal, speaks as (L-R) Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL), House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) listen 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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