American Legion Post 232 in Harriman is one of only a few predominantly African-American posts in the state.
Bronce Cleveland, who is district commander, said the post started in 1947.
“Our forefathers formed this American Legion back in the Jim Crow days. We had black regiments and white regiments,” said Cleveland.
“We tried to join, but we were turned down,” said post commander Greg Love of African-American’s previous attempts at joining American Legion posts in those early days.