On the Cusp of Change
Although more tangible advances in Civil Rights did not come until the 1950s and beyond, the foundation for those advances were laid during the war years. There were new employment opportunities for African Americans, yet these opportunities sometimes created tension with white workers, as documented by the race riot at the Alabama Dry Dock and Ship Building plant in Mobile. In Savannah, the American Federation of Labor did invite black carpetners to join the local union. The greater strides would come later, but as small as the steps were during the war, they were in a forward direction.
Augusta Arsenal

Augusta Arsenal


Post War Employment

Postwar Employment

December 18, 1946

A. Philip Randolph to Visit Macon, Georgia

A. Philip Randolph Visit

May 10, 1945

Dining Car Discrimination

dining Car Discrimination

May 10, 1942

Dining Car Discrimination

Dining Car Discrimination

June 12, 1942

Letter Declaring Integration of Shipyard

Dry dock Integration

May 22, 1943

Press Release

Race Riots

May 27, 1943

Letter Concerning Race Relations Institute

Conference on Race Relations

February 21, 1945

Press Release Concerning the American Federation of Labor and Black Carpenters

AFL and Black Carpenters

January 15, 1943