From the Vault: Memorial Day and the Contribution of Black Soldiers in WWI

by Paula Bosse

black-recruits_dmn_073118-photoFriends & families of black draftees gather outside Union Station, July, 1918

by Paula Bosse

I’ve just added the above photo to my Memorial Day post from 2014, “Black Troops From Dallas, Off to the Great War.” The U.S. military was segregated until 1948, and the participation of black soldiers in World War I has been sadly underreported. 


Photo by John J. Johnson; it appeared in The Dallas Morning News on July 31, 1918, the morning after 500 black draftees had left Union Station for training camp.


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