- Associated Press - Saturday, March 19, 2016

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - An effort is underway in Worcester to either find or replace a monument to the city’s black World War II veterans that’s been missing for decades.

The Telegram & Gazette (https://bit.ly/21zwPAW ) reports that the original monument listing the names of the 145 veterans was dedicated in 1943 on land donated by the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.

When the church was relocated during highway construction in 1959, the monument disappeared.

William Coleman III, who brought the matter to the city council’s attention, says several people have made exhaustive efforts to try to find the monument.

Since it appears to be lost for good, local veterans groups aim to raise $15,000 to $20,000 to fund a new one, which they hope to place on City Hall Plaza or the Common.

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