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Sheriff's sale of a Legion Post in Sewickley is postponed

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Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, 11:12 a.m.
 

A scheduled sheriff's sale of a Sewickley building that houses the Walter Robinson American Legion Post 450 is postponed until March 4.

The Allegheny County Sheriff‘s Department on Monday moved the sale of the post at 20 Chadwick St., though it did not make clear the reason for the postponement. Attorney Stephen Jurman, listed in court documents as the post's attorney, could not be reached.

The post's leaders filed for Chapter 11 reorganization bankruptcy in December 2011, citing about $125,000 in debt at the time.

Attorney James McNally, who represents the creditor, declined to comment.

A representative of the post could not be reached.

Membership at the post declined in recent years. Organizers held fundraisers to help it emerge from bankruptcy.

The post organized in 1922 when black residents could not join Legion Post 4 in Sewickley. The Robinson post once was a local hotspot that attracted prominent musicians of the Big Band era, including Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway and Count Basie.

The organization received the old Sewickley Railroad Station, built in 1887, as a gift from the borough in 1944. The Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation designated the former train station a historic landmark in 1993.

Bobby Cherry is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-324-1408 or rcherry@tribweb.com.

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