Black-and-white photograph showing a group of African American nurses from the Army Nurse Corps in England, 1944. These women were the first African American nurses to serve in England during World War II. The United States Armed forces faced a major shortage of nurses during this war, and initially, African American nurses were not allowed to join the Army Nurse Corps. Due to the protesting of civil rights workers and organizations, African American nurses were ultimately permitted to serve.
Exhibited: African-American Odyssey: A Quest for Full Citizenship, Library of Congress, 1998.
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Local identification number: Reproduction number: LC-USC4-6175/LC-USZ62-119985 (8-5) (b&w film neg.); (digital file from original negative)