National Archives at Atlanta

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Discrimination at the Gilbertsville Dam Project

Gilbertsville Dam

July 9, 1942

Complaints were made to the President's Committee on Fair Employment Practice regarding conditions at the Gilbertsville Dam...

Tags: African Americans | Dam Construction | Kentucky | World War II
Lack of Negro Carpenters

Negro Carpenters


John W. Reed, a concerned citizen, exchanged correspondence with David E. Lilienthal and Gordon Capp of TVA regarding...

Tags: African Americans | Labor | Tennessee | World War II
Women at the Milan Arsenal

Women at Milan Arsenal


The Milan Ordnance Depot and the Wolf Creek Ordnance Plant merged in 1943 to form the Milan Ordnance Center. In 1945...

Tags: African Americans | Ordnance Facilities | Tennessee | Women |
World War II
Segregation at the Memphis Train Depot

Memphis Train Depot

ca. 1944

Despite their service in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II, black soldiers were still required to purchase train...

Tags: African Americans | Railroads | Tennessee | World War II
Employee Violates Area Stabilization Plan

Worker Leaves Job for North

June 19, 1943

An African American worker leaves the South to work in the North and does not want to return despite his apparent violation ...

Tags: African Americans | Labor | Ohio | Tennessee | World War II
Gadsden Ordnance Plant Workers

Gadsden Ordnance Plant

ca. 1942

Two workers at the Gadsden Ordnance Plant manufacture artillery shells...

Tags: African Americans | Alabama | Ammunition | Ordnance Facilities |
World War II
Augusta Arsenal Workers

Augusta Arsenal


Photograph shows both African American and white workers laboring on same factory line in Augusta, Georgia during WWII...

Tags: African Americans | Georgia | Ordnance Facilities | World War II
Press Release Concerning the American Federation of Labor and Black Carpenters

AFL and Black Carpenters

January 15, 1943

This press release, dated January 15, 1943, announces that the Southern Representative of the American Federation of Labor...

Tags: African Americans | Georgia | Labor | World War II
Letter about Enforcing Segregation

Enforcing Segregation

February 11, 1944

William E. Dunn, the Secretary-Treasurer of the Southern Industrial Trades Association, sent this letter to the FEPC...

Tags: African Americans | Georgia | World War II
Edward Teller Letter

black Mathematician

September 18, 1944

Theoretical physicist Edward Teller, who would later be known as "the father of the hydrogen bomb," wrote this letter...

Tags: African Americans | Columbia University | New Mexico | New York |
World War II