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80-G-297437 Ensign Frances Wills (left) and Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Harriet Ida Pickens

Photo #: 80-G-297437 Ensign Frances Wills (left) and Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Harriet Ida Pickens enjoy lunch following their graduation from the Naval Reserve Midshipmen's School (WR) at Northampton, Massachusetts, circa December 1944. They were members of the school's final class, and were the Navy's first African-American WAVES officers. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
Description: Photo #: 80-G-297437 Ensign Frances Wills (left) and Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Harriet Ida Pickens enjoy lunch following their graduation from the Naval Reserve Midshipmen's School (WR) at Northampton, Massachusetts, circa December 1944. They were members of the school's final class, and were the Navy's first African-American WAVES officers. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
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