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National Museum of the U.S. Navy

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African-Americans: 1870s-1880s

Following the Civil War, African Americans continued to serve in the U.S. Navy in rates such as clerks, stewards, and messman.

Other resources:

Downloadable African American Pamphlet

NHHC African American Experience

Image:  NH 53996:  USS Galena (1880-1892), circa 1880s.   Ship's African American Sailors.  NHHC Photograph Collection.