The state Senate today (March 6) unanimously passed a bill that would make October 25th African American Soldiers’ Contribution to Building the Alaska Highway Day.
The bill, introduced by Wasilla Republican David Wilson, was created in conjunction with the 75th anniversary of the construction of the highway.
Wilson said that he feels little recognition has been given to the African American soldiers who helped to build the highway with the Army Corps of Engineers.
About a third of the soldiers who built the highway were African American.
In a time of segregation and overt racism, Wilson called the Highway project “one of the first bridges to civil rights.”
The bill has now moved to the Alaska House of Representatives.