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1948 - Desegregation of the Armed Services

African American Graduates, US Naval Training Center
Event Date: 
July 26, 1948
Event Type: 
Modern Era Begins 1946-1959

Desegregation of Armed Forces: July 26, 1948.

  • President Truman bans segregation and provides for equality of opportunity in the armed forces.
  • This photo shows one of the last all-black groups in the armed services.
  • Charlotte's John Southerland appears in this group of graduates from the US Naval Training Center in Bainbridge, Maryland on May 24, 1945.