SOURCE IL TIRRENO
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Page 9 – Lucca
McBride comes to Â Barga for St. Christopher Golden
The writer is author of the book “Miracle at St. Anna”
The writer James McBride, author of the book “Miracle at St. Anna” from which the film of the same name was takenÂ by Spike Lee, has agreed to come to Barga to receive the golden medal of St Christopher. Â The award, set upÂ by the Mayor Umberto Sereni to recogniseÂ all those who have made Barga famous throughoutÂ the world, will be awardedÂ to McBrideÂ when he next visits.
The contribution of McBride in lettingÂ the world know the story of the African-American Buffalo Division and the events of 26 December 1944 in SommocoloniaÂ has been fundamental.
The story that inspired the American writer whose book was published inÂ 2000Â originated in Barga and Sommoclonia. Â McBride learned about theÂ history of Buffalo SoldierÂ in Barga,Â the division made up solely ofÂ African Americans, and their importanceÂ and sacrifice in defence of freedom.
The writer hadÂ already been toÂ Barga to visit the Rocca alla Pace at Sommocolonia where the 92Âªdivisione Buffalo fought, a regiment which his uncle had joined, Â McBride had thus already facedÂ the issue of the Resistance in his research and his interest in the history of Sant’AnnaÂ had been inspired byÂ his meeting with Henry Tognarelli, son of a partisan who fought with Manrico Ducci (Pippo).
“This – said Mayor Sereni – is only the beginning of a series of events leading up to the anniversary of the battle. On December 26, we will inaugurate the new Document CentreÂ on the battle which Vittorio Biondi is working on, collecting archive documents and artifacts. WeÂ will then print a new edition of the book edited by Biondi dedicated to this tragic event. BargaÂ will nameÂ the pathÂ to Sommocolonia after the Buffalo soldiers, to show our gratitude for their sacrifice. The artist Michele Lucchese Lovi is also working to produce Â work, dedicated to Sommocolonia made using a special technique of collage. ”
On the occasion of the anniversary, premiere, there will also be a screening of the documentary “Inside Buffalo” by Fred Kuwornu.By chance, on Wednesday night, the episode of the programme by Â Minoli “We are History” on Rai 2, was dedicated to the massacre of Sant’Anna di Stazzema and Lee’s film, and in an interview with the writer McBride an easily recognisable poster of Barga could be clearly seenÂ behind him-