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Determination and Service:
African Americans in Times of War 

From the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror, African Americans have served in the United States military. In defending their country, they hoped to earn freedom and citizenship and contribute to a changed America where racial equality was possible. 

Jackie Robinson, in military uniform, becomes the first African American to sign with a white professional baseball team.

Jackie Robinson and the “Double V” Campaign

Jackie Robinson is most noted for integrating Major League Baseball on April 15, 1947. However, Robinson’s role in the eventual integration of the military is less well known.

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Detail of an image of Henry O. Flipper and cadets at West Point

Breaking Racial Barriers at West Point and Beyond

In its first 133 years of existence (1802–1935), over 10,000 white cadets graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point. In stark contrast, only three African American cadets could claim this achievement. 

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Featured Exhibition

Entrance to Double Victory exhibition. A large blue flag is framed in the center of the wall.

Double Victory: The African American Military Experience

In choosing to serve in the military, African Americans sought to have their service understood by the nation as a demand for liberty and citizenship. 

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