Who Are the Montford Point Marines?

Montford Point Marines were the first African-Americans to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps after President Franklin Roosevelt issues an Executive Order establishing the Fair Employment Practices Commission in June 1941. The recruits trained at Camp Montford Point in Jacksonville, NC from August 26, 1942 until the camp was decommissioned on September 9, 1949.

The Congressional Gold Medal

On Nov. 23, 2011, President Barack Obama signed into law the legislation to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the Montford Point Marines. This award recognizes Montford Point Marines' contributions to the Marine Corps and the United States of America from 1942 to 1949, during a time of hardship and segregation.Nearly 20,000 Marines were trained at Montford Point, North Carolina from 1942-1949. Every aspect of their training was segregated from their white counterparts. They were housed in prefabricated huts and railroad tracks separated white residents from the training camp. They were only permitted on the main base of Camp Lejeune if they were escorted by a white Marine.

Are You Interested In:

  • Serving our veterans and community

  • Supporting education through scholarship

  • Preserving the legacy of the Montford Point Marine


Current Events

2024 MPMA Charleston Chapter 47 Charity & Awards GalaChapter 47 will host the 2nd Annual Charity & Awards Gala on Saturday, October 26, 2024 at 6:00 pm.Menu Selections:Calabrian Chile Roasted Chicken
Roasted chicken breast with grilled lemon and Calabrian chile vinaigrette served with charred broccoli rabe and creamy polenta seasoned with garlic and parmesan.
Lime Marinated Flank Steak
Char-grilled flank steak marinated in lime juice, garlic and fresh cilantro served with coconut jasmine rice and grilled corn succotash.
Penne Pasta with Asparagus and Fontina
Penne pasta with asparagus, fresh basil and oregano in a fontina cheese cream sauce.
Dessert: Pound CakeTicket sales start June 7, 2024 and end October 11, 2024 at 12 noon.

Past Events

This annual commemorative event is to recognize posthumously Montford Point Marines & their families and to raise monies for college scholarships.


The Montford Point Marines Charleston Chapter 47 welcome all donations.Any Amount is appreciated!

Montford Point Marine Videos

Existing Local Charleston Chapter 47 Members Only

Below you can pay your membership dues


Below you can find the scholarship application


To learn more about us or if you have any questions contact us using the form below.

FAQs for Event

Is there a refund policy?

A no refund policy applies to this event.

Does the event have handicap access?

Yes, the event is handicapped accessible.

What is the attire for the event?

This is a formal occasion and formal attire is requested.

Where is parking? Is parking free?

There are free designated parking in front of the Mark Clark Hall, on the side and along all sides of the Summerall Field parade grounds.
Parking for guests with disabilities are marked by bright blue squares.

Congressional Gold Medal Recipients

NameAward Year
Walter Harper, Jr2023

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Walter Harper, Jr Ceremony

Ceremony Pictures

Poem: Congressional Gold Medal

Veterans Day Parade

Parade Pictures