Students learn about black history

22 Feb 2007 | Lance Cpl. Patrick M. Fleischman

Passing down history to our children is one of the most important things we can do to better the future.

Receiving that history were all of the fifth grade students of Blue Creek Elementary during their visit to the Montford Point Marine Museum Feb. 16.

“We bring them here to experience some of the most significant black history [about segregation in the Marine Corps] that occurred in the Marine Corps,” said Dorothy Garcia, a fifth-grade teacher at the school.

The children were in for a surprise when Turner Blount, father of Garcia and one of the original Montford Point Marines, gave them a guided tour of the Museum.

“This history that you see is that of great men who have since passed away,” said Blount to the students. “That was me when I was a younger man,” commented Blount about his display.

Students spent time visiting the exhibits full of items, such as photographs, diaries, personal and military objects, and other materials that reflect the lives, actions, and memories of original Montford Point Marines.

One student was very excited about the history presented to him while he vigorously took notes on the different exhibits.

“This is a good experience for kids like me, because it shows what the Marines used to do a long time ago,” said John Phoebus, age 10.

Phoebus’s favorite parts of the museum were the pictures showing how much the men went through and what they have done.

The Montford Point Marines Museum is housed in the East Wing of building M101 on Camp Johnson and museum hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. or call 910-450-1340 to schedule viewings for groups.