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:
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.