Colonel Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. seated with pilots at briefing in Italy, March 1945. 
Toni Frissell, photographer
Library of Congress
Davis was the first black general officer in the U.S. Air Force (his father, Brigadier General Benjamin O. Davis, Sr. was the first black U.S. Army general). During World War II, Davis commanded the 99th and 332nd Fighter Group, which escorted bombers on combat missions in Europe. 

Colonel Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. seated with pilots at briefing in Italy, March 1945. 

Toni Frissell, photographer

Library of Congress

Davis was the first black general officer in the U.S. Air Force (his father, Brigadier General Benjamin O. Davis, Sr. was the first black U.S. Army general). During World War II, Davis commanded the 99th and 332nd Fighter Group, which escorted bombers on combat missions in Europe. 

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Twenty-year-old lathe operator Annie Tabor, making parts for airplane engines, October 1942
Ann Rosener, photographer
Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Photograph Collection (Library of Congress)

Twenty-year-old lathe operator Annie Tabor, making parts for airplane engines, October 1942

Ann Rosener, photographer

Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Photograph Collection (Library of Congress)

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As some of you might’ve guessed, I’ve been watching Ken Burns’ impressive new documentary series “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History” on PBS.

I’m still waiting for major documentaries about W.E.B. DuBois, Booker T. Washington, Mary McCleod Bethune, A. Philip Randolph, Walter White…



Woman photographed in her Southwest D.C. bedroom, November 1946
Gordon Parks, photographer
Library of Congress

Woman photographed in her Southwest D.C. bedroom, November 1946

Gordon Parks, photographer

Library of Congress



African Americans marching near the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., to protest the lynching of four African-Americans in Georgia, 1946
New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection (Library of Congress)

African Americans marching near the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., to protest the lynching of four African-Americans in Georgia, 1946

New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection (Library of Congress)



Girls knitting and making toy animals in the handicraft class of the St. Simon’s Youth Center of the National Youth Administration. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 1941 
Photographer unknown
Library of Congress

Girls knitting and making toy animals in the handicraft class of the St. Simon’s Youth Center of the National Youth Administration. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 1941 

Photographer unknown

Library of Congress





Great article about and photos by the great North Carolina-born photographer Hugh Mangum. If you’d like to see more, Duke University Libraries has hundreds of Mangum’s photographs online as part of their Digital Collections.



engineeringhistory:

Elijah McCoy’s patent for Improvement in Lubricators for Steam Engines, 1872. McCoy was a mechanical engineer who was born the son of former slaves in 1844. McCoy established his own engineering firm which was awarded 57 patents, the most successful being the 1872 engine lubricator.

engineeringhistory:

Elijah McCoy’s patent for Improvement in Lubricators for Steam Engines, 1872. McCoy was a mechanical engineer who was born the son of former slaves in 1844. McCoy established his own engineering firm which was awarded 57 patents, the most successful being the 1872 engine lubricator.



If you’re interested in tracing your family’s roots, these resources might help. If you’ve done research, have you found any other tools/tips that have been useful?



Great news!



engineeringhistory:

Evelyn Boyd Granville, mathematician and computer programmer at IBM. In 1949 she became one of the first African American women to receive a Ph.D. in mathematics from Yale University.

The idea that girls can’t excel in science, technology, engineering or math is ludicrous. Tell your girls about Dr. Evelyn Boyd Granville.

engineeringhistory:

Evelyn Boyd Granville, mathematician and computer programmer at IBM. In 1949 she became one of the first African American women to receive a Ph.D. in mathematics from Yale University.

The idea that girls can’t excel in science, technology, engineering or math is ludicrous. Tell your girls about Dr. Evelyn Boyd Granville.



Alice Curtis and her poultry. Charleston, West Virginia, October 10, 1921.
Lewis Wickes Hine, photographer
National Child Labor Committee Collection, Library of Congress

Alice Curtis and her poultry. Charleston, West Virginia, October 10, 1921.

Lewis Wickes Hine, photographer

National Child Labor Committee Collection, Library of Congress



The lone teacher in charge of a room where 123 kindergarten and first grade children are enrolled (principal is in the background). Dunbar School, Muskogee, Oklahoma. March 1917.
Lewis Wickes Hine, photographer
National Child Labor Committee Collection, Library of Congress

The lone teacher in charge of a room where 123 kindergarten and first grade children are enrolled (principal is in the background). Dunbar School, Muskogee, Oklahoma. March 1917.

Lewis Wickes Hine, photographer

National Child Labor Committee Collection, Library of Congress



Marchers carrying labor union banners during the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, August 28, 1963

Marion S. Trikosko, photographer

U.S. News & World Report Magazine Photograph Collection, Library of Congress

Marchers carrying labor union banners during the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, August 28, 1963

Marion S. Trikosko, photographer

U.S. News & World Report Magazine Photograph Collection, Library of Congress