Jesse Clipper American Legion Post #430

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Not much is known about the background of this World War I hero, however Jesse Clipper became a local Buffalo, New York legend as the first African American from the region to die in the war. Clipper worked at the American Palace laundry before he was drafted into the army. According to his contemporaries, he was a pleasant young man and a good worker. Before service to his country, Jesse Clipper served as Vice-President of Colored Musicians Local No. 533 in 1917. A Buffalo News article, published on May 2, 1968 notes that "Pvt. Jesse Clipper of the 317th Engineers, was wounded at the front in France. He was hospitalized several weeks. When the wounds healed, he returned to his outfit. Soon afterwards he was gassed. After another long stay in the hospital, he received orders to return to the United States. But before he could be brought home, he landed in the hospital again. There he died in 1919." Clipper was buried in Oise-Aisne American Cemetery, a French cemetery. The Jesse Clipper American Legion Post 430 was founded by fifteen Black World War I veterans on September 16, 1919. The first Commander was Mosby B. McAden. The group petitioned the Buffalo Common Council to establish a monument in honor of Clipper and all Black soldiers. The petition to the Common Council from Jesse Clipper Post 430, American Legion stated: "Be it resolved: that we the members of Jesse Clipper Post 430, American Legion, having the progress, civic betterment and beautification of the City of Buffalo uppermost in our hearts, and being desirous of paying further tribute to that Negro soldier for whom our post has been named, and being anxious to honor all of our fellow men and women who have so valiantly served our country during periods of major strife, namely, War of Revolution, War of 1812, Spanish-American War and World War, do humbly petition the Common Council of the City of Buffalo for permission to erect a memorial bearing suitable inscription, in Jesse Clipper Square." The group dedicated the Jesse Clipper Square at Michigan and William Streets on May 30, 1935. A monument was erected in honor of Jesse Clipper and all the war heroes of World War I as a result of the advocacy and fundraising of members of the Jesse Clipper Post. Since the initial dedication of the monument the dates of other wars, in which Blacks fought have been added. Now, here's a bit of trivia that (Barbara Nevergold) stumbled across in the Indianapolis Freeman of November 1916. It referenced an African American vaudeville group, the Heart of Dixie, who attended the "October 10, 1916 marriage of Jesse Clipper to Miss Edna Mercer, a non-professional, at Buffalo, NY." So, many someone can research this and find a copy of the marriage license.

Mission: The nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans.

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Nov 11, 2015 then Commander Henry CurtisII and Legionnaire Kanasha Blue delivered Veterans Day Keynote Address at Bryant...
11/16/2020

Nov 11, 2015 then Commander Henry CurtisII and Legionnaire Kanasha Blue delivered Veterans Day Keynote Address at Bryant & Stratton College.

Right/Left-Past Adjutant Morgan Woodson and Housing Administrative Officer Barbara Miller-Williams preparing FREE Drive-...
11/12/2020

Right/Left-Past Adjutant Morgan Woodson and Housing Administrative Officer Barbara Miller-Williams preparing FREE Drive-up Breakfast Meals for Veterans

Communications Officer Charles Everhart, Legislator April Baskin and daughter Jovanna.
11/12/2020

Communications Officer Charles Everhart, Legislator April Baskin and daughter Jovanna.

1st Vice Commander Kanasha Blue and Commander Reverend Eugene L. Pierce.
11/12/2020

1st Vice Commander Kanasha Blue and Commander Reverend Eugene L. Pierce.

1st Vice Commander and Breakfast Chairperson Kanasha Blue pictured with the beautiful bouquet of flowers that was presen...
11/12/2020

1st Vice Commander and Breakfast Chairperson Kanasha Blue pictured with the beautiful bouquet of flowers that was presented to her by Legislator Baskin. Picture to the left of Legislator Baskin are Housing Administrative Officer Barbara Miller-Williams and Legislator Baskin's daughter Jovanna.

3rd Vice Commander Irvin Bates, and Sgt-at-Arms Perry Civils distribute one of the seventy Drive-up Breakfast Meals to a...
11/12/2020

3rd Vice Commander Irvin Bates, and Sgt-at-Arms Perry Civils distribute one of the seventy Drive-up Breakfast Meals to a Veteran.

"VETERANS SERVING THOSE WHO SERVED"Buffalo, NY, Veterans Day, November 11, 2020-Members of The American Legion Jesse Cli...
11/12/2020

"VETERANS SERVING THOSE WHO SERVED"
Buffalo, NY, Veterans Day, November 11, 2020-Members of The American Legion Jesse Clipper Post No. 430, assembled this morning to "Serve Those Who Served" with seventy FREE Drive-up Breakfast Meals. The support for meals were provided by The Office of Erie County Legislator April N.M. Baskin, Buffalo Branch NAACP, African American Cultural Center, Manna Culinary Group, Inc.

Pictured-Right/Left-Front Row-Service Officer Donald Paulk, Erie County Legislature Chairperson April N. M. Baskin and her daughter Jovanna, 1st Vice Commander and Breakfast Chairperson Kanasha Blue, Past Commander Reverend Paulette Woods, Commander Reverend Eugene L. Pierce, Housing Administrative Officer Barbara Miller-Williams, Past Adjutant Morgan Woodson, Compliance Officer Elder Howard Patton, Sgt-at-Arms Perry Civils; Back Row-2nd Vice Commander Richard Hill, 3rd Vice Commander Irvin Bates, Chaplain Deacon Michael Davis.

Buffalo, New York, October 10, 2020, Sgt-at-Arms Perry Civils, presents the American Flag to Mrs. Daisey Harris widow of...
10/10/2020

Buffalo, New York, October 10, 2020, Sgt-at-Arms Perry Civils, presents the American Flag to Mrs. Daisey Harris widow of Army T/Sergeant E5 Vannie T. Harris. Sgt. Harris passed on April 28. 2020 at the age of 90. His body was donated to the University of Buffalo Medical School.

July 28, 2020, Buffalo, NY-Pictured are Sgt-at- Arms Perry Civils and Capt. Beyer
07/29/2020

July 28, 2020, Buffalo, NY-Pictured are Sgt-at- Arms Perry Civils and Capt. Beyer

July 28, 2020-Pictures is Compliance Officer Elder Howard Patton delivering a box of FREE food to a veteran's vehicle.
07/29/2020

July 28, 2020-Pictures is Compliance Officer Elder Howard Patton delivering a box of FREE food to a veteran's vehicle.

July 26, 2020, Buffalo, NY-Pictured is Vice Commander Richard Hill delivering a box of FREE food to a veteran's vehicle.
07/29/2020

July 26, 2020, Buffalo, NY-Pictured is Vice Commander Richard Hill delivering a box of FREE food to a veteran's vehicle.

July 28,2020, Buffalo, NY-Pictured during the Veterans FREE food distribution; right to left, Commander Rev. Eugene L. P...
07/29/2020

July 28,2020, Buffalo, NY-Pictured during the Veterans FREE food distribution; right to left, Commander Rev. Eugene L. Pierce, Sgt-at-Arms Perry Civils, Vice Commander Richard Hill, Grave Registration and Memorials Officer Cheryl Coleman-Thomas, Buffalo Police Commissioner Byron C. Lockwood, Compliance Officer Elder Howard Patton.

July 28, 2020-Buffalo, NY, WNY HEROES, members of the Buffalo Police Department, and The American Legion Jesse Clipper P...
07/29/2020

July 28, 2020-Buffalo, NY, WNY HEROES, members of the Buffalo Police Department, and The American Legion Jesse Clipper Post No. 430, formed a partnership to distributed 300 boxes of food FREE to veterans and their family. Pictured in additional to members of the Buffalo Police Department are members of Jesse Clipper Post No. 430 (right to left with Post caps are; Sgt-at-Arms Perry Civils, Vice Commander Richard Hill, Grave Registration and Memorials Officer Cheryl Coleman-Thomas, Commander Rev. Eugene L. Pierce, Compliance Officer Elder Howard Patton.

July 15, 2020-Pictured are Commander Rev. Eugene L. Pierce of The American Legion Jesse Clipper Post No. 430 and 1st Vic...
07/18/2020

July 15, 2020-Pictured are Commander Rev. Eugene L. Pierce of The American Legion Jesse Clipper Post No. 430 and 1st Vice Commander Benny Rodriguez of the American Legion Gabriel A. Rodriguez Post No. 1928. Post No. 1928 had been inactive for fifteen years and requested assistance from Commander Pierce with the re-activation process.

07/10/2020

WNY Heroes 8205 Main St. Weekly Food give away free! FOR VETERANS! EVERY TUESDAY. 12 NOON!

I wanted to make you aware of our weekly food drop off for Veterans hosted by WNY Heroes. WNY Heroes was asked by the NYS Veterans Services in Albany to spearhead this food initiative. Every Tuesday, USDA pulls up with a trailer full of Meat (Mix of different meat), Dairy (Milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, chocolate milk, shredded cheese) and Produce (head of lettuce, bag of apples, gab of oranges, bag of potatoes, two bags of carrots) . All this food is free for the Veterans. Last week, they handed out 2000 meals to Veterans across WNY. They even have a Veteran from Batavia who comes every week to pick up and make deliveries to those who may not have a vehicle.

Veterans can come or have it delivered if needed. Veterans can come for their pick up starting at 12noon on Tuesdays. This is NOT a program based on income either.

Veterans can simply call or show up with proof of service. All we need is their name and phone # for NYS. Again, they can come weekly, there is no limit as to how many times they can come.

WNY Heroes is located at
8205 Main Street, STE# 1 Williamsville, NY 14221
Phone: 716-630-5020

Please share as you never know who many need this extra assistance in these difficult times.

VC Kanasha Blue

Buffalo, NY-July 8, 2020, Pictured are Vice Commander Richard Hill and Sgt-at-Arms Perry Civils as they enter the Edward...
07/09/2020

Buffalo, NY-July 8, 2020, Pictured are Vice Commander Richard Hill and Sgt-at-Arms Perry Civils as they enter the Edwards Funeral Home to provide condolences on behalf of The Jesse Clipper Post #430 to Vice Commander Irvin Bates on the passing of his sister Bernadette.

April 22, 2020, 2nd Vice Commander Richard Hill, receives the "2020 Legionnaire of The Year Award"-Commander Minister Pa...
05/02/2020

April 22, 2020, 2nd Vice Commander Richard Hill, receives the "2020 Legionnaire of The Year Award"-Commander Minister Paulette Woods presented Richard Hill with this prestigious award for his outstanding service.

March 7, 2020-Pictured is Sgt-at-Arms Perry Civils, who  represented the Jesse Clipper Post No. 430 at the Mary B. Talbe...
03/08/2020

March 7, 2020-Pictured is Sgt-at-Arms Perry Civils, who represented the Jesse Clipper Post No. 430 at the Mary B. Talbert Dinner orientation. The Jesse Clipper Post will be one of the organizations honored at the dinner on April 25, 2020.

Some pictures from today's Harriet Tubman Parade. Jesse Clipper Post 430 members and officers marched with pride as they...
03/07/2020

Some pictures from today's Harriet Tubman Parade. Jesse Clipper Post 430 members and officers marched with pride as they displayed the Post Colors.

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01/30/2020
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Jesse Clipper became a legend in Buffalo, New York for his actions during World War I. Before being drafted into the army, Clipper worked at the American Palace laundry. He was known to be a pleasant young man who was a hard worker. Before service to his country, Jesse Clipper served as Vice-President of Colored Musicians Local No. 533 in 1917.
Past Commander Henry Curtis, Commander Paulette Woods and 3rd Vice Commander Kanasha Blue represent the Jessie Clipper Post 430 at Erie County American Legion Meeting.
I took this yesterday at the Bryant & Stratton College Veterans Lounge dedication. I have other photos of your members -- if interested please message me. :-)