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Captain Frederick C. Branch: The First African American Commissioned Officer in the USMC

Written by Kevin L. Bradley, Archives Technician in the Motion Picture, Sound, and Video Division at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland The National Archives holds thousands of photographs illustrating the various activities of servicemen and women in all branches of the Armed Forces. The photographs are able to give visuals of the bravery and […]

A Callin’ from Colón: Photographs of Black Employees Working on the Panama Canal

Written by Barbara Lewis Burger, a retired National Archives Still Picture Senior Archivist  We hea’ a callin’ from Colon We hea’ a callin’ from Limon Let’s quit de t’ankless toil an’ fret Fe where the better pay we’ll get ~Claude McKay, Peasants’ Way O’ Thinkin’ According to La Autoridad del Canal de Panamá (Panama Canal […]

Dr. Maya Angelou’s Legacy through the National Archives

This post is dedicated to the memory of Maya Angelou – born April 4, 1928.  Maya Angelou was a revered American author, poet, activist, holder of many other occupations, and icon. The impact and power of her words were immediately felt with the publication of her first autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), […]

Family, Farming, and Community: Photographs of African American Life in Putnam County, Georgia in 1941

Today’s Blog is written by Barbara Lewis Burger, a retired National Archives Still Picture Senior Archivist.   A significant percentage of African Americans lived in rural communities until the middle of the 20th century.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, by 1900, the black population was slightly more than 8.8 million or 11.6% of the […]

Providing a New Deal for Young Black Women: Mary McLeod Bethune and the Negro Affairs Division of the NYA

Today’s blog is written by Dr. Jametta Davis, Appraisal Archivist at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland. The Great Depression was one of the most devastating economic periods of the twentieth century.  Between 1929 and the early 1940s, countless American citizens experienced high unemployment rates, increased poverty, and great uncertainty.  For black girls and […]

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