African-Americans and the U.S. Navy
World War II Activities in the United States
Great Lakes Naval Training Station,
Recreation & Sports



This page features views of African-American trainees at Great Lakes taking part in recreational activities and sports.

The following pictures feature African-Americans participating in sports and other recreational activities at Great Lakes during World War II.
For additional views of Wartime training and other activities at Great Lakes, see:
General Views
Graduation Ceremonies
Field & Military Training
Shore Patrol Training
Visiting Entertainers, Political Figures and Celebrities

Additional pictorial coverage of African Americans during World War II African Americans and the U.S. Navy - World War II

Pictorial coverage of other eras African Americans and the U.S. Navy

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Photo #: 80-G-294858

Naval Training Station, Great Lakes, Illinois


African American boxing champions in training at Great Lakes, 3 March 1943.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives.

Online Image: 67KB; 580 x 765

Reproductions may be available through the National Archives

 
Photo #: 80-G-294755

Naval Training Station, Great Lakes, Illinois


Hartwell Simms working on a cartoon, while in training at NTS Great Lakes, 9 July 1943.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives.

Online Image: 75KB; 590 x 765

Reproductions may be available through the National Archives

 
Photo #: 80-G-294911

Camp Robert Smalls, Naval Training Station, Great Lakes, Illinois


Members of the camp drama group, 12 June 1943.
They were then presenting the play "Freedom the Banner".

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives.

Online Image: 95KB; 740 x 605

Reproductions may be available through the National Archives

 
Photo #: 80-G-294841

Naval Training Station, Great Lakes, Illinois


The station's African American swing band playing, April-December 1943.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives.

Online Image: 89KB; 740 x 605

Reproductions may be available through the National Archives

 
Photo #: 80-G-294752

Naval Training Station, Great Lakes, Illinois


Premier broadcast over the CBS radio network of the African American regiments' Sunday Evening Hour, 4 July 1943.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives.

Online Image: 57KB; 740 x 600

Reproductions may be available through the National Archives

 


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