PALMETTO -- James Bryan is not on the list. Neither is Jessie Hamilton, nor Solomon May.
All three were honorably discharged after serving in World War I. All three lived or were born in Palmetto.
But their names are not included in a World War I memorial plaque at Riverside Park honoring Palmetto-area veterans.
The Florida Memory, which archives state records, has 160 World War I service cards of Palmetto residents and natives who enlisted or were inducted for service. Of those 160, 55 people are categorized as "colored," including Bryan, Hamilton, and May.
"There are a number of World War I veterans that were not put on the plaque," said Jeff Burton, director of the city's Community Redevelopment Agency. "We are working to make sure that when Sutton Park is under construction we include some kind of remembrance to those names. It's a matter of correcting something from the past."
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