Our Colored Heroes

Our Colored Heroes

E. G. Renesch, c. 1918. 50 x 40cm. Color Print Recently framed under glass. A colorful rendering of this World War I act of uncommon valor. Badge-shaped gilt area with text in lower left corner: "Honored as Heroes Henry Johnson Needham Roberts Cited for Bravery and Receive Croix de Guerre. Colored Man is Eager to Show His Mettle and Do His Bit...." Privates Johnson and Roberts were attacked by a German patrol of 20 or more men on May 14, 1918. Despite being wounded and greatly outnumbered the two men fought desperately against the patrol. The Germans retreated after Johnson, who weighed about 130 pounds, prevented the severely wounded Roberts from being dragged off by making a frenzied attack on the vastly superior German force with a bolo knife. The French awarded the Croix de Guerre to both men in 1918; the U.S. Government awarded no medals to either man until 1996 -- decades after both men were dead. Fine. Item #82090

Price: $400.00