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80-G-297443 Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Harriet Ida Pickens (left) and Ensign Frances Wills

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