When “Black Jesus” greeted segregated WWII troops – Angelus News


93-year-old veteran Ivan J. Houston remembers the prejudice directed towards non-whites in the U.S. military during World War II. As an African-American, Houston was placed in a segregated infantry unit, and although at least 1 million African-Americans were enlisted in the military, his division was the only one allowed to join the combat in Europe.

The white commanders put Houston’s unit in charge of reclaiming the small city of Lucca, located in Tuscany, Italy. The soldiers were successful in liberating the city from the Nazis, later learning that the Italians of the city honored a historic statue of Jesus—and he was black.

“All I can say is that it’s amazing,” Houston told Angelus News about the discovery. On July 22, he was at St. Jerome Catholic Church in…

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