American Legion Federal Post No. 19
The U.S. Congress chartered the American Legion in 1919 to provide services for returning soldiers. Although the organization officially banned discrimination, it was segregated. African American veterans formed their own posts; the first in Baltimore, the Walter Green Post No. 14, dates to shortly after World War I. Members of the Walter Green Post No. 14 established Federal Post No. 19 for war veterans who also held federal jobs.
From its founding, members of Federal Post No. 19 have been active in leadership positions with the state and federal levels of the American Legion. Post members have also been historically involved with the West Baltimore community and have been recognized with numerous service awards.
Post No. 19 was home to the state’s first black American Legion drum and bugle corps in Maryland: the Blue Helmets. From the 1930s through the “70s, the much-awarded Blue Helmets served as an ambassador of the city, performing in countless conventions, parades, and competitions.
American Legion Federal Post No. 19-Commander, Lawrence S. Little; 1st Vice Commander, Thomas J. Kennedy, Jr.; Finance Officer, Betty Bonds; Adjutant, Kendall Cooper.
American Legion Federal Post No. 19, Sponsor; Catherine E. Pugh Mayor-Baltimore City Landmark, Baltimore National Heritage Area.
Location. 39° 18.287′ N, 76° 37.754′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is at the intersection of Madison Avenue and Mosher Street on Madison Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21217, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Elks Lodge (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); J. Howard Payne (1887-1960) House (about 400 feet away); Howard A. Kelly, M.D. (about 500 feet away); Sidney Lanier (about 500 feet away); Early Civil Rights Era (about 600 feet away); Lillie Carroll Jackson Museum (was about 700 feet away but has been reported missing. ); Lillie Carroll Jackson Civil Rights Museum (about 700 feet away); Building Community Organizations (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
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