WORCESTER - The Citizens of Color World War II Honor Roll will be dedicated at 1 p.m. Thursday in Lincoln Square.
The honor roll is a re-creation of an original monument displaying the names of 145 men and women of color from Worcester who enlisted through October 1943 to serve in the military during World War II.
The original monument, installed at Belmont and Clayton streets, was dedicated in 1943. When church property and Clayton Street were taken by the state to make way for the construction of Interstate 290 in the 1950s, the honor roll was removed and has been missing ever since. Thursday's dedication of the new honor roll is the culmination of a decades-long effort led by local African-Americans, including William S. Coleman III.
A free reception will be held at Belmont AME Zion Church on Illinois Street after the ceremony.