A bronze African Redemption medal produced for the Universal Negro Improvement Association (2011.57.18a) with leather strap (2011.57.18b). The medal itself is in the shape of an eight-pointed star with a bar across the top two points for affixing a leather strap. The front of the medal has a five pointed star in relief in the center with the words [AFRICAN / REDEMPTION] above and below the design. Each cardinal orientation has a letter of U.N.I.A. stamped in relief, with [U] on top, [N] on the PR, [I] on the PL, and [A] on the bottom. The back of the medal is bare except for the manufacturer's mark, which appears stamped at the center bottom. The leather strap is black and has a metal buckle clasp and several tooled holes for fastening.
A 92nd Infantry Division insignia shoulder patch. The circular patch is hand sewn into a square swatch of army green fabric. The embroidered insignia consists of a navy blue buffalo with its head facing towards the viewer embroidered on a grey background encircled with a 3/16th of an inch navy blue border. The right top corner has the number "92" written in what appears to be black ink.
A World War I Croix de Guerre medal awarded to the 369th Infantry Regiment. The medal consists of a Florentine bronze cross patée, with two crossed swords between the arms. The center of the front side shows the profile of a young woman wearing a Phrygian cap. The words "République française" encircle the portrait. Embossed on the back of the medal is “1914 / 1918.” The cross shaped medal is attached to a green ribbon with seven vertical red stripes.
Circular solid gold Spingarn Medal awarded to Major Charles Young in 1916 by the NAACP. The front of the medal has Lady Justice holding a sword at her right side and the scales of justice in her left hand with the words "FOR MERIT" engraved beside her. The back of the medal has the words: "SPINGARN MEDAL awarded to Major Charles Young, U.S.A/February 22, 1916/BY THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE".
Due to racial tension within the US Army, the 369th Infantry Regiment was assigned to the French Army for the duration of US involvement in World War I. Formed from the 15th New York National Guard Regiment and nicknamed the "Harlem Hellfighters," the 369th was the first African American regiment to reach the battlefields of World War I and the first Allied troops to reach the banks of the Rhine. Upon completion of the 369th’s service in the war, the regiment had spent 191 days in combat, the longest of any American regiment. In appreciation for their actions in the Maison-en-Champagne campaign, the 369th was awarded the Croix de Guerre by the French Government for acts of bravery in conflicts against the enemy. In addition to this honor, 171 individual members of the 369th Regiment were awarded the Croix de Guerre and the Legion of Honor. The 369th Regiment finished their service in Europe and returned to the US in February 1919.
Florentine bronze cross patée, with two crossed swords between the arms. The center of the front side shows the symbolic profile of the French Republic: a young woman wearing a Phrygian cap. The words [REPUBLIC FRANCAISE] (French Republic) encircle the portrait. The cross is suspended by a green ribbon with seven narrow vertical red stripes. A bronze star affixed to the ribbon indicates McVey was honored at the regiment or brigade level. The back of the medal has the dates of World War I, [1914 / 1918].