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Suicide Rations:  March 1945. "Tuskegee Airmen 'Escape kits' (cyanide) being distributed to fighter pilots at air base in Ramitelli, Italy." Theodore G. Lumpkin Jr., seated, with (L-R): Joseph L. "Joe" Chineworth, Memphis, Class 44-E; Robert C. Robinson, Asheville, Class 44-G; Driskell B. Ponder, Chicago, 43-I; Robert W. Williams, Ottumwa, Iowa, 44-E. (Gelatin silver print by Toni Frissell.)

Framed vintage photograph of March Tuskegee Airmen series. 'Escape kits' (cyanide) being distributed to fighter pilots at air base in Ramitelli, Italy.

African Americans have served proudly in every great American war. In 1866, through an act of Congress, legislation was adopted to create six all African American Army units. The goal of the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum is to interpret, articulate, collect, display and preserve historical artifacts, documents, videos, prints & other historical memorabilia which details the history of brave men & women who overcame extreme adversity while  fighting the American wars.  John Daugherty…

The Infanty Regiment, nicknamed the Harlem Hellfighters, the first African-American regiment to serve with the American Expeditionary Force during World War I; these 9 soldiers won the Croix de Guerre for gallantry in action in 1919

Shorpy Historical Photo Archive: "Tuskegee Airmen" 332nd Fighter Group airmen at a briefing in Ramitelli, Italy. Foreground: Emile G. Clifton of San Francisco and Richard S. "Rip" Harder of Brooklyn. (Colorized Photo). March 1945.

Shorpy Historical Photo Archive: "Tuskegee Airmen" Fighter Group airmen at a briefing in Ramitelli, Italy. March Foreground: Emile G. Clifton of San Francisco and Richard S. "Rip" Harder of Brooklyn.

Jesse Owens-Olimpiadi Berlino 1936

BERLIN - 1936 : Jesse Owens of the USA in action in the mens at the 1936 Summer Olympic Games held in Berlin, Germany. Owens won a total of four gold medals in the Olympics, winning the mens final, final and the long jump competiton as we

The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African-American military aviators in the United States armed forces. During World War II, African Americans in many U.S. states were still subject to the Jim Crow laws. The American military was racially segregated, as was much of the federal government. The Tuskegee Airmen were subjected to racial discrimination, both within and outside the army. Despite these adversities, they trained and flew with distinction.

Tuskegee Airmen, aka The Red Tails. Black American airmen who fought in WWII. Completed several attacks successfully but returned to a segregated America. Flight for a country that discriminated them.

Eve Arnold  School for black civil rights activists; young girl being trained to not react to smoke blown in her face  Virginia, 1960

Eve Arnold: School for black civil rights activists; young girl being trained to not react to smoke blown in her face or her hair being pulled. Virginia, 1960 (no link, but a reminder to find out more about SNCC training)

Major Richard Winters was a United States Army officer and decorated war veteran. He commanded Company "E", 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, during World War II. The miniseries 'Band of Brothers' was about this company. Winters returned to service during the Korean war as a training officer. He died in 2011. #WWII

10 WWII Heroes: Richard Winters 8/10

Major Richard Winters was a United States Army officer and decorated war veteran. He commanded Company "E", Battalion, Parachute Infantry Regiment, Airborne Division, during World War II. The miniseries 'Band of Brothers' was about this company.

Star spangled banner. The flag that flew over Fort McHenry in 1814, photographed in 1873 in the Boston Navy Yard by George Henry Preble.

First known photograph of American Flag, June 1873 - Flag flew over Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland during battle between the British and United States, War of which inspired Francis Scott Key to pen "The Star-Spangled Banner"

Gail Fisher. First to win a Emmy

I (Iris), remember watching her on the television show, "Mannix". She was the secretary, "Peggy Fair". First African-American actress to win an Emmy for Outstanding Performance in a Dramatic Series in 1970 Actress Gail Fisher (photo taken in

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