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The S.S. James W. Johnson docked at the Terminal Island shipyard, Los Angeles, circa 1943

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Title:The S.S. James W. Johnson docked at the Terminal Island shipyard, Los Angeles, circa 1943
Date:1943
Description:

Photograph of the S.S. James W. Johnson, a liberty ship christened by Charlotta Bass, editor of the California Eagle. The ship was one of the first liberty ships named for an African-American. James Weldon Johnson, a writer and composer, was a member of the U.S. Government Consular Service in South America. Johnson later was the first Executive Secretary of the NAACP, leading a campaign to secure passage of an anti-lynching law. In her autobiography, Bass wrote that "selection by the California Shipbuilding Corporation of myself as the sponsor for the launching of this new Liberty Ship was indeed a signal honor to me, and was a tribute to the growing influence of the California Eagle. Some observers pointed out that it was the California Eagle during the period of my editorship which led the fight which secured employment of the first Negro workers in the Los Angeles shipyards."

Local identification number: scl-m0150

Local identification number: scl-mss064-0150~1; scl-mss064-0150~2

Types:Photographs | StillImage
Subjects:Johnson, James Weldon, 1871-1938 | Bass, Charlotta A., 1879-1969 | Liberty ships--1940-1950 | United States, California, Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, 34.0522342, -118.2436849
Collection:Charlotta Bass / California Eagle Photograph Collection
Institution:University of Southern California Libraries
Contributors:University of Southern California. Library | Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research
Original Material:

scl-m0000

Charlotta Bass / California Eagle Photograph Collection, 1880-1986

University of Southern California. Libraries

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