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Picturing The Past: Black Soldiers Stationed At Pisgah Forest In 1918


November 5, 2018

Headquarters camp of the U.S. Army 328th Labor Battalion was located south of the entrance to the Pisgah National Forest. (Courtesy photos)

During World War I, African American soldiers in the U.S. military faced an enormous degree of discrimination from the draft process throughout their service. They were trained at separate camps and served in separate units commanded by white officers. Those stationed in the U.S. were housed in inferior quarters and assigned to manual labor jobs, such as building roads and bridges, repairing railroads, hauling supplies and digging graves.

The U.S. Army 328th Labor Battalion, consisting of more than 1,000 black soldiers, was stationed at Pisgah Forest from early June to late December 191...

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