BATESBURG-LEESVILLE, SC (AP) – A city in South Carolina honored the memory of a Black War veteran from World War II whose blows inflicted by a White Police Chief left him blind and helped to stimulate President Harry Truman to integrate the US military. Distinguished guests and members of Sgt. The family of Isaac Woodard met on Saturday for a private ceremony before moving into the narrow streets of the small town of Batesburg-Leesville for the inauguration of the historic monument "Blinding of Isaac Woodard" , located on the site of the former police station where the interior of the intimate gathering of about 80 guests, the US representative Joe Wilson, Brig. General Milford H. Beagle, Jr., along with other officials sat in the family and were informed of the lasting impact of the tragic Woodard meeting with an officer several decades ago. as well as family and family members. After being honorably fired from the Army in February 1946, Woodard was kidnapped from a Greyhound bus in Batesburg and beaten by White City Police Chief Lynwood Shull. Woodard, 26, was still in uniform. The police accused and arrested Woodard for drunken and disorderly conduct. The attack drew the attention of the NAACP, whose representatives met Truman to discuss the treatment of African-American soldiers returning home after the war. After shortly after the beating of Woodard, federal prosecutors accused Shull of violating the civil rights of this former decorated soldier. Shull was later found not guilty by an all-white jury. Woodard eventually returned to his home in New York, where he spent the rest of his life until his death in 1992. Woodard's 81-year-old nephew, Robert Young, said his uncle rarely spoke about the fact. He was working with him in the years that followed, until his death. "You will always be a source of inspiration for many people across the country," said Young about his uncle, tears in his eyes. "But above all, you will always be my uncle." Mayor of Batesburg-Leesville, Lancer Shull, is not related to the former leader, said Saturday's dedication should inspire other cities to engage in a conversation about racism that is deeply rooted in the world. Jim's roots. "This should be a source of inspiration to remove these carpets and sweep what is hidden under for years," Shull said. "This allows people to know that love will always take on hate over time. Love will always take it away." Many officials present recalled the importance of a southern city facing its past and correcting its wrongs. The state representative, Jerry Govan, of Orangeburg said that it was important that people accept and recognize these moments of history in order to learn and not to make the same mistakes as in the past. US Representative Joe Wilson said the beating was having a significant impact on the country because people had to deal with the injustice that Woodard was suffering. Andrew Duncan, professor at the State University of Frostburg, said Saturday's dedication was surreal and different from the one he had known for his youth. the city. "I never expected to see anything like this," Duncan said. "This kind of reconciliation has to happen in many places, not just in terms of historical landmarks, but also in terms of political speech." Beagle, the general commanding the African-American power of Fort Jackson, pointed out Woodard's pain due to intolerance "In my heart, I think he thought his sacrifice was worth it, thus creating the conditions that paved the way for an integrated army, "said Beagle. "He helped build the bridge that many like me used to cross the river of inequality, injustice and prejudice." The criminal charges of Isaac Woodard were dropped last year. Part of the marker is engraved in Braille.