Congressional Gold Medal to be awarded


The Lincoln High School Preservation Society will host a ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday at the school, 26 Council St., to present a Congressional Gold Medal to the family of the late John Paul Wright, who was a U.S. Marine from June 30, 1943, through Feb. 20, 1946. The public is invited to attend.

Wright, a Sumter native, was a member of the Montford Point Marines, a segregated unit to train marines of African-American descent.

In 2012, the U.S. Congress awarded the Congressional Gold Medal to those Montford Point Marines or their family members. Wright was not included in the list at that time.

Accepting the medal for Wright will be his sister, Margaret Davis, a former board member of Sumter School District No. 17.

For more information, call James Felder at (803) 261-0167 or Gloria Neal Showers at (803) 905-3289.