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No Man's Land Project

Dr. Lila Rakoczy

P.O. Box 1657

Huntsville, TX 77342

 

Email: lila@nmltx.org

 

 

 

We welcome contact from anyone with an interest in the project, especially if you

 

have information to share (documents, photographs, personal stories, etc.) about an African American Texan who served in World War I;

are researching an African American WWI veteran and would like assistance;

want more information about the No Man’s Land exhibition;

are interested in getting involved in in WWI centennial projects in your own community;

would like to financially contribute to the project through a donation to our nonprofit sponsor, East Texas Historical Association.

 

For any general inquiries, please fill in the following contact form:

Leo Patterson

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ABOUT US

No Man’s Land: East Texas African Americans in World War I is a multimedia project—traveling exhibition and (eventually) online research tool—that draws attention to the First World War experiences of East Texan African Americans. Created initially to commemorate the centennial of World War I, it will document the thousands of black Texan men who served as commissioned and non-commissioned officers, infantrymen, cavalrymen, military policemen, mechanics, doctors, dentists, veterinary assistants, lumbermen, chauffeurs, laborers and stevedores, and in a variety of other roles.

It also seeks to tell the stories African Americans on the home front: tales of patriotism, anti-war dissent, intimidation and violence, and perseverance. Additionally, we will draw attention to the legacies of that war borne by descendants and East Texas communities, primarily through oral histories from descendants and other community stakeholders. Perhaps our most ambitious goal is to identify, display, and provide information on the over eleven thousand African American East Texans who served in the war.

LEARN

The Sedition Act of 1918

The American Experience of the First World War: Outbreak, August 1914

Ross Wilson

 
 
 

GALLERY

Pvt. Dee Hogan (Washington County)
Pvt. Samuel Williamson (far right)
(Private Collection)
Pvt. Claud Hays (Anderson County)
(Private Collection)
Pvt. Henry Dugat (Liberty County)
(Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, Dugat Family Collection)
Pvt. Elyard Jasper (Anderson County)
(Private Collection)
Wright Cuney Price, 'Alex', & 'Samuel'
(Portal to Texas History, Price Johnson Family Collection)
Isiah David Butler (Marion County)
(Private Collection)
Cpl. Leo Patterson (Harrison County)
Pvt. David Duren (Houston County)
The Colored Man is No Slacker
(Beinecke Library, Randolph Linsly Simpson African-American collection, Yale University)
True Sons of Freedom
Recruitment poster by Charles Gustrine (Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division)
True Blue by  E.G. Renesch
(Beinecke Library, Randolph Linsly Simpson African-American collection, Yale University)
WWI Poster (Emancipation Proclamation)
(Beinecke Library, Randolph Linsly Simpson African-American collection, Yale University)
Band, 165 Depot Brigade, Travis
(University of Minnesota Libraries, Kautz Family YMCA Archives)
Class in YMCA building, Camp Travis
(University of Minnesota Libraries, Kautz Family YMCA Archives)
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