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Pritzker Military Museum & Library Honors Black Veterans for Black History Month

On February 1st, we are excited and proud to highlight the Black stories of service in our collection in honor of Black History Month.

We have combed through our archives and shelves to ensure we commemorate and feature these brave Citizen Soldiers. Throughout the month, on our social media channels, we will share with you these stories of service and sacrifice. We are honored so many have chosen to entrust their history and legacy with us at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library.

We hope you will explore these resources and learn more about the journeys of Black soldiers throughout military history.

Coleman T. Holt, Air Cadet, for whom our Oral History Program was named, donated his personal archive to the Pritzker Military Museum & Library. The Coleman T. Holt Collection contains documents related to Holt's training at the Tuskegee Institute during World War II. Learn more about what is in the collection from this finding aide.

Black Veterans have chosen to personally share their words and memories with us, as part of the Holt Oral History Program and our exhibits. The below links are just a few from our collection:

Our “Pritzker Military Presents” programs work to also exalt the stories of Black soldiers and regiments. Below is some of our past programming from which you can watch and learn about these narratives:

If you are looking for a book that will help tell the story of Black History in the military, our Library team has compiled a list that will highlight that journey and struggle.

Military posters and artwork, designed to invite Black men and women into service, were created to highlight the heroic nature of those to who served and the dedication of those back home to the cause. Please note, some of these pieces are from WWI and WWII and use language not appropriate for this era.

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