Reception for opening of NY WWI exhibit reset for March 27

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The opening reception for an Albany exhibit honoring the “Harlem Hellfighters” of World War I fame has been rescheduled for later this month.

New York state officials say the free event will be held the evening of March 27 at the Vietnam Memorial Gallery located in the Robert Abrams Justice Building at the Empire State Plaza. The opening originally scheduled for Feb. 7 had to be postponed because of inclement weather.

The exhibit titled “Their Glory Can Never Fade” tells the story of the 369th Infantry Regiment, an African-American unit that was part of the New York National Guard when the U.S. entered the war in 1917.

Artifacts and documents on display chronicle the regiment’s European battlefield exploits, which led the Germans to nickname their black American foes the “Hellfighters.”

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