TJ Coleman

TJ Coleman, president of the Aubrey Stewart Project, talks to an East Fairmont High School student Monday afternoon.

Eleven black soldiers serving during World War II went above and beyond the call of duty for one family in Belgium.

Attacked and mutilated, the “Wereth 11” sacrificed everything to save a family from the Nazis.

One of those soldiers — Aubrey Stewart — was a Piedmont native.

But until recently, the soldiers’ act of courage was only honored in Belgium. In fact, it is believed that the memorial that stands on the site of their murders is the only memorial dedicated to black soldiers of World War II in Europe.

Now some local men are doing everything they can to share the story that has been buried for more than 60 years.

The Aubrey Stewart Project made its way to East Fairmont High School on Monday. EFHS was the first high school in the area to host the event.

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