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Iowa History 101 - The Education and Training of Seven African American U.S. Army Officers for World War I and its Aftermath

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  • Presented By: State Historical Museum of Iowa
  • Dates: November 10, 2022
  • Location: Virtual Program
  • Start/End Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
  • Price: Free with registration
  • Overview

    Join Bernard Harris, Ph.D., in a detailed analysis of little-known facts uncovered from archives and museums concerning Fort Des Moines, Iowa, in 1917, when the installation hosted the segregated Infantry and Medical Officer Training Camps. Emphasis will be placed on the monthly activities in both camps as experienced by seven African American civilians who attended and graduated with U.S. Army officer commissions. Each of these men later served overseas in France, many in the trenches of World War I. Image: Aerial view of Fort Des Moines, ca1920. State Historical Society of Iowa.