African American History Month 2018

Mayor Anthony R. Moyer has proclaimed February 2018 as African American History Month in the City of Harrington. Below are links to articles and items of interest related to this year’s theme of African Americans in Times of War.

African Americans in the Revolutionary Period

Slaveholders calling for liberty? Should slaves be armed to fight the British? Visit the National Parks Service website to read the article “African Americans in the Revolutionary Period.” 

Photograph of Lt. Henry O. Flipper Photo by Kennedy, ca. 1877 Center for Legislative Archives, Records of the U.S. House of Representatives National Archives and Records Administration

Lt. Henry O. Flipper

The first African American to graduate West Point and the first African American commissioned officer in the U.S. Army had to fight to clear his name after being dishonorably discharged from the military. The National Archives’ website has Lt. Flipper’s own letter to Congressman John A. T. Hull, chairman of the House Committee on Military Affairs. Read more on the National Archives’ website.

The Tuskegee Airmen

Did you know that before 1940, African Americans were barred from flying in the U.S. military? Learn more about the trials and accolades of the Tuskegee Airmen on the National Parks Service website

Photographs of African American Soldiers

View photographs of African American soldiers on the Library of Congress website

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