Men of Bronze Film Screening and Discussion with Hamilton Fish
November 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
We’re excited to announce that the Desmond-Fish Public Library’s Friday Night In series will feature a special screening of Men of Bronze: The Black American Heroes of World War I, on November 12th at 7 pm.
The film, which premiered at the New York Film Festival in 1977, traces the legend of the Black soldiers of the 369th U.S. combat regiment, originally the 15th National Guard Regiment of New York. Known as the “Harlem Hellfighters,” they were attached to the French army in World War I and received the highest honor France bestows on foreign troops. Hamilton Fish III, after whom our Library is named, was a Captain in the famed regiment.
With photographs, unforgettable interviews with the veterans, and film clips from the French and American National Archives, this widely praised film shares the saga of the “Harlem Hellfighters,” offering an inspiring tribute to these American heroes.
Now, 103 years after the Hellfighters served in World War I — 191 days in combat, the longest of any similarly sized unit, according to historians – President Biden has awarded the 369th Regiment the Congressional Gold Medal. We hope you will join us for the film followed by a discussion with Hamilton Fish, a Trustee of our Library and the grandson of the World War 1 officer. REGISTER HERE to join the Zoom gathering.