The following extract was extracted from the Assumption Pioneer, a local newspaper in Napoleonville, LA - 1917. It is posted with permission from Audrey Westerman of TGS (Terrebonne Genealogical Society). Thanks, Audrey!
Napoleonville [Assumption Parish] La., May 1, 1917
At a mass meeting of colored citizens held in this town last night, the following resolutions were adopted:
Whereas, a world war, unparalled in the world’s History, has finally drawn into its vortex the United States of America, hitherto the greatest and most formidable of neutral nations;
And whereas, the patriotism and loyalty of the negro to the United States, in the present crisis, is in question in some sections of the country;
Therefore, Be it resolved, That we, the colored citizens of the Parish, in today’s meeting assembled, reaffirm our allegiance to the United States government, and that as a guarantee of our future conduct, we point with pride to our past record from the blood of Attacks in the War of the Revolution, down to the daring deeds of the unnamed black soldier who fought with Lieutenant Henry Adair, at Carranzil.
Resolved, That we entreat the God of our fathers to preserve the health of the President of the United States, endow him with wisdom, to the end that when “Peace of earth and good will towards men” shall again prevail the United States shall come forth enriched and ennobled, and the American flag unsullied.
The resolutions were signed by Jos. A. Reddix; G. B. Hill, D.D.; Andrew Welch; C. H. Merrirt, M.D.; G. H. Nelson, M.D.; H. J. Williams; Lucien Lewis. The meeting was called to order by Jos. A. Reddix, principal of the local colored public school. Addresses were made by Andrew Welch, Drs. Meritt [sic] and Nelson.
~The Assumption Pioneer, Napoleonville, La., 5 May 1917~
Last Sunday witnessed a scene similar to that which was enacted some few weeks ago. The occasion this time bring the departure of the colored selectmen. There were 17 and the occasion was observed in a manner to be long remembered both by the soldiers and those who took part in it. The colored band lead [illegible] crowd that escorted them to the depot, where they were addressed by Rev. H. Lewis Williams of Bertran and Dr. George H. Nelson and B.Welsh of Napoleonville. Our best wishes go with them.
~The Assumption Pioneer, Napoleonville, La., 13 Oct. 1917~
[Note: What a pity the soldiers were not named.]