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Tuskegee Airmen-A Salute to The "RED TAILS"

President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the Army Air Corps to form an all-Negro flying unit in 1940. The Air Corps opened a new training base at the Tuskegee Institute in central Alabama in order to t

Honor Thy Father: A Tuskegee Airman

Thank you for allowing me to share my father’s story and the historically significant information of the Tuskegee Airmen.

Benjamin Davis

Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., was born December 18, 1912, in Washington, D. C. His father, Benjamin O. Davis, Sr., was one of two black combat officers in the US Army. Davis Senior’s career was badly

Georgia's Black Revolutionary Patriots

Just as was true of white Americans, black Americans fought on both sides during the Revolutionary War. Also true of both races was the fact that Tory (pro-British) sentiment was strong in Georgia. He

"Deeds of Desperate Valor": The First Rhode Island Regiment

The First Rhode Island Regiment in August of 1778 was a nearly all-black unit made up largely of recently freed slaves. Commended for valor by commanders in its own day, and a frequent reference for a

New Hampshire's "Colored Patriots" of the Revolution

JUDE HALL was born at Exeter, N. H., and was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, under General Poor. He served faithfully eight years, and fought in most all the battles, beginning at Bunker Hill. He

Blacks on the New York Waterfront During the American Revolution

The American Revolution created opportunities for some enslaved Blacks to obtain freedom. Self-interested economic and military reasons prompted the British to declare free, all enslaved blacks in Ame

The Revolution's Black Soldiers

John Murray, fourth Earl of Dunmore, the last royal governor of Virginia, in April 1772 expressed his conviction to Lord Dartmouth, Bntish secretary of state for the colonies, that “in case of a

Black Jacks: African American Mariners in Early America

From the earliest days of the colonies, people of African decent answered the call of the sea. By the 1830’s, over 20% of the sailors who claimed the coastal cities of America as their homeport were

Black Revolutionary seamen

Unlike the Continental Army, the Navy recruited both free and enslaved blacks from the very start of the Revolutionary War — partly out of desperation for seamen of any color, and partly because

African Americans In The Civil War

Facts, information and articles about African Americans In The Civil War

History of 73rd U.S.C.T.

The famed 73rd U. S. C. T. was first organized in the Confederate service by Governor Moore of Louisiana as the 1st Louisiana Native Guards in May of 1861. After the surrender of New Orleans they offe