A Coatesville family is among the subjects of a new documentary on African-American servicemen and women who served in the military between World War II and Vietnam, writes Ajoya Long for Herald-Mail Media.
Keystones: The African-American Veteran’s Experience was made by Bryan Wade, a veteran of the Navy and National Guard.
He decided to make the documentary after realizing there was a lack of recognition for the lives and contributions of African-American veterans during that period. One part focuses on a father and son from Coatesville. Elliot Belgium Baxter served in World War II, while his son, Nathan, served in Vietnam.
Wade describes the work of the elder Baxter, a poet and linguist, as compelling. Even without a formal education, he was named the state’s poet laureate by the then-governor.
The younger Baxter refused to carry a weapon due to his religious conviction and became a medic. He had all the same responsibilities as other soldiers besides carrying a weapon, including standing guard.
Read more about the documentary from Herald-Mail Media here.