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World War I

By World War I, only two percent of all Sailors were African Americans.   Notably, fourteen African American women enlisted to serve in the rank of Yeoman (F).   

Other resources:

Downloadable African American Pamphlet

NHHC African American Experiennce

NHHC Library:  History of the World War for Human Rights by Kelly Miller

80-CF-882-1_Box 175:  U.S. Navy Officer's Mess Attendants at Naval Air Station, Key West, Florida, December 27, 1918.  Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.