African Americans in World War II

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African Americans in World War II
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This photo exhibition represents the work of more than 1.2 million African Americans who served in all branches of service and in all theaters of operations during World War II.

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SEPTEMBER 09 — DECEMBER 10, 2017

This photo exhibition represents the work of more than 1.2 million African Americans who served in all branches of service and in all theaters of operations during World War II.

Both on the home front and in all military theaters of operation, African Americans served with distinction and honor. In many ways, World War II laid the foundations for the civil rights movement to follow. In 1941 fewer than 4,000 African Americans were serving in the military and only twelve African Americans had become officers. By the war’s end in 1945, more than 1.2 million served as draftees or volunteers in all branches of the Armed Forces.

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