Jacksonville, Nc – Hundreds of people gathered in Jacksonville North Carolina to honor the first black marines in the state.
A groundbreaking was held Friday for a monument for the Montford Point Marines.
20 thousand black marine recruits were trained at Camp Montford Point from 1942 to 1949.
The camp is now called Camp Johnson.
The memorial will be built outside the camp.
The project is expected to cost $1.8 million dollars.