For the first time during WWII, African-American women were allowed to enter the military. The first contingent trained in Fort Des Moines, Iowa, where they were housed in segregated barracks, ate at separate dining tables, and used segregated recreational facilities. Despite the hardships and discrimination, the women persevered and thirty-six of the original group graduated and were assigned to Officers Candidate School, Cooks, and Bakers School, the Transportation Pool, or the Clerical School.
Sponsored by the Maryland Humanities Council
Schedule: (click on the location to see map) Suggested Audience:
- Whole Family