Dr. Kirrily Freeman shines a light on Canada's WWI black battalion

This image from the fall of 1916 shows members of the No. 2 Construction Battalion, Canada's first military unit made up primarily of black personnel. (Nova Scotia Archives)

This image from the fall of 1916 shows members of the No. 2 Construction Battalion, Canada's first military unit made up primarily of black personnel. (Nova Scotia Archives)

Dr. Kirrily Freeman, Associate Professor in our History department, was recently featured in a CBC news article on how a small French town is honouring black Canadians who served in WW1.

In September, the town of Supt, France, will unveil a memorial in its cemetery that will help preserve the memory of members of the first and only black battalion in Canada's history.

Dr. Freeman is researching the life of Charlie Some, a member of the No. 2 Construction Battalion who was murdered while serving in the war and is buried in Supt.

Read the full story at: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/french-town-black-battalion-memorial-1.4798913