Local Historian to Talk About All African American Unit Part of Maryland National Guard


On Saturday, June 30, 2018, the Friends of Historical Cherry Hill AUMP, Inc., a non-profit 501©3 organization will have it’s President and Local Historian/Author Louis S. Diggs make a presentation on the history of an all-African American unit, which has been part of the Maryland National Guard (MDG) since the 1880s.

Diggs served with this unit when they were the only Maryland National Guard unit ordered to active duty during the Korean War in August 1950. While conduction research for his last three books, Diggs discovered several African Americans from Baltimore County who participated some of the four wars this African American unit of the (MDG) played a part in.

Diggs, whose ancestors were slaves in the Piney Grove area of Baltimore County has written about the history of this unit when they were called “The Monumental City Guards,” “The Separate Company,” “The First Separate Company,” and finally the “231st Transportation Truck Battalion with three Truck Companies. The name of his book is: “Forgotten Road Warriors.”

This free program will be presented at the “Diggs-Johnson Museum,” located at 2426 Offutt Road, Granite, MD 21163 on Saturday, June 30, 2018, from 10:00am to 12:00pm. Because of the extremely limited parking at the museum, parking passes will be required. To request your ticket to the program and/or a parking pass at the Museum, please contact Louis Diggs at louisdiggs2@verizon.net.

Hopefully some veterans of the Korean War from Baltimore County, as well as veterans of the 231st Transportation Truck Battalion will be present at the presentation.