The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture presents African American Heroism and America's Racial Past
Dr. Jeff Gusky wears many hats. He’s a Dallas ER doctor, an explorer, and a National Geographic photographer whose World War I photographs are currently on display at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum. He has made many astounding discoveries on his treks, but none more dramatic than his most recent - of the monument in a remote farmer’s field in France dedicated to two of their fallen brothers-in-arms by members of the most decorated African American unit in World War I.
It’s an amazing and sobering story: Freddie Stowers and Burton Holmes were recommended for but denied the Medal of Honor for their heroism under fire. Stowers’ was awarded, finally, in 1991 after “lost” paperwork was found, but Holmes’ was suppressed due to racist policies by the American military leadership. Dr. Gusky’s presentation of these two heroes’ stories is eloquent and powerful.