Color guard of Negro engineers, Ft. Belvoir(?), [Va.] (LOC)

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When: 01 January 1939

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Color guard of Negro engineers, Ft. Belvoir(?), [Va.]

[between 1941 and 1945]

1 transparency : color.

Title from FSA or OWI agency caption.
Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944.

United States--Army
African Americans--Military service
World War, 1939-1945
United States--Virginia--Fort Belvoir

Format: Transparencies--Color

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,

Part Of: Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Collection 12002-69 (DLC) 93845501

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Call Number: LC-USW36-1058


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    • 19/Jan/2008 09:00:26

    Why instead of Negro engineers, doesn't say non-pure white engineers? The fact that it's and old picture, means it need and old description?

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    • 20/Jan/2008 09:32:30

    That was the original title, and it's preserved. On the other hand it's rather "amusing" that during the war, black people were sent on the battle field, so that ten years later, they'd fight for the same rights as those by who's side they'd fought...

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    • 23/Jan/2008 19:04:37

    I agree that the title is original and the library of congress is preserving the original material in all ways. What used to be a common term for an African American or Black person was never thought of as negative or bad. I understand today why people think its negative, especially if you are a younger person. Negro was used commonly before Cival Rights movement.

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    • 22/Feb/2008 16:51:47

    Yes, blacks went to the battle field to help fight racism. What is truly interesting is it was these very same people who helped to start the Civil Rights movement. My grandfather told some very interesting stories about WWII, and coming home.

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    • 26/Feb/2009 18:30:00

    This image has been used in the post: Black History across the Commons - Part 1 badge

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    • 06/Feb/2012 02:38:43

    "the color guard is colored" - from Oh Brother Where Art Thou