Fundraising efforts continue for a monument that will honor an African-American women’s postal battalion during World War II.
Carlton Philpot, chairman of the organizing committee, said the group has reached 59 percent of its fundraising goal of $80,000 to erect a monument to the 6888th Central Directory Postal Battalion.
“We are making progress,” Philpot said.
The monument will be built on the Walkway of Patriots in Buffalo Soldier Military Park on Fort Leavenworth, near the present Buffalo Soldier monument.
He said plans are to hold a dedication ceremony on the military installation this fall.
The monument will celebrate the contributions of a unit that sorted mail for the armed forces during WW II. The unit was deployed from February 1945 to January 1946.
The battalion was made up of 855 women who sorted seven million pieces of mail.
The unit was commanded by Lt. Col Charity Adams. A 22-inch bust of Adams will be featured on top of the monument.
Philpot said retired Maj. Dominic Johnson, vice chairman and chief researcher for the committee, has been instrumental in identifying 750 names of those who served in the postal battalion. He said all of those names will be inscribed on the back of the monument.
Philpot said several local businesses have donated in-kind services and material to the project.
Several monetary levels are available for those wishing to donate. Businesses or individuals can donate $6.88, $16.88, $68.88 or any other amount.
Corporate sponsorships are available at a minimum of $6,888. The names of the corporate sponsors will appear on the monument.
For more information or to donate, visit www.womenofthe6888th.org or www.facebook.com/6888thpostalbattalion