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80-G-297449 Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Harriet Ida Pickens (left) and Ensign Frances Wills

Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Harriet Ida Pickens (left) and Ensign Frances Wills photographed after graduation from the Naval Reserve Midshipmen's School (WR) at Northampton, Massachusetts, in 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: Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Harriet Ida Pickens (left) and Ensign Frances Wills photographed after graduation from the Naval Reserve Midshipmen's School (WR) at Northampton, Massachusetts, in 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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