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The 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion was the only all African-American, all-female battalion during World War II. Called the Six Triple Eight, the women moved mountains of mail that clogged warehouses in Birmingham for American service members and civilians in the mid-1940s.

American soldiers in France, World War II

Four African American Men during U.S. Civil War

African-American Civil War Memorial

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African American Faces during the Civil War

France, WWII African American Fighting Men

Women in the War Industry Amanda Smith, an African-American woman employed in the Long Beach Plant of the Douglas Aircraft Company. Between 1940 and 1944, approximately one million civilian African Americans entered the labor force; 600,000 of them were female. The proportion of black women in industrial occupations almost tripled during the war, rising from 6.5 to 18 percent. Los Angeles-area aircraft plants were among the first to offer them employment. This woman worked at the Long Bea...

Eugene Jacques Bullard (1919) The first African-American combat pilot, was one of 200 Americans who flew for France in World War I.

Althea Gibson broke the color barrier to become the first African American woman to compete on the world tennis tour

Stagecoach Mary Fields (c. 1832-1914) was born a slave in Tennessee and following the Civil War, she moved to the pioneer community of Cascade, Montana. In 1895, when she was around 60 years old, Fields became the second woman and first African American carrier for the US Postal Service.

An African American soldier from 1914. Love this photo...

Roger Arliner Young (1889–1964) was a zoologist and biologist and the first African-American woman to receive a doctorate in zoology. During her long career she studied radiation, paramecium, and hydration and dehydration of living cells. | 34 American Lady Scientists Who Changed The World

Rosie the Riveter, African American style

chicagohistorymuseum: African American Civil War soldier, c. 1863

Over the years Eartha White operated a department store, a taxi service, and a steam laundry, and was licensed as a real estate broker, a census taker and a social worker. Known as the Angel of Mercy for her lifetime of humanitarian and civic service, Eartha White served the sick during the Spanish American War, was the only woman member of a sixty-member inter-racial War Camp Community Service Conference during World War I, served as a member of President Wilson's White House Conference, an...

Unnamed African American Civil War Soldier

Black American World War I soldier holding a U.S. model Enfield rifle (c. 1917) .

black soldier stationed in france during world war II.

African American troops, World War Two (looks like Europe, but the photo is uncredited and untraceable, alas. rw)

May 22, 1959: Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. becomes the first African-American general-major in the United States Air Force.