Rockford students share local heroes stories on the big screen

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Published: Nov. 19, 2022 at 9:21 PM CST
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Students from the Harlem Veterans Project share the stories behind our hometown war heroes and their families.

Two documentaries are shown at the Main Museum Center, in Rockford. Harlem grad Olivia Matthews tells the story of Stanley Campbell, who is known for his activism within the city of Rockford. Bryana Travieso, a senior at Harlem, shares the life of Lanna McCants. McCants was one of the first female sailors to be integrated on a Navy combat ship.

Both students say working on the projects is something they’ll never forget.

“It just felt so empowering, and I felt so happy people got to see this different perspective on the war, cause he is a peace activist and there is a little fear having a room full of veterans dissing the Vietnam War, but I think people took it well,” said Matthews.

“It was great to see people like enjoy, what she had to say and take her words what she said to heart and reflect on the things that happened to her. It’s just great to see people respond to your work,” said Travieso.