Famous New York African American Soldiers Return Home Digital History ID 2594|
Media type: photograph
Annotation: The all-black Infantry, known as the Harlem Hellfighters, is seen marching in this photo. Some 380,000 African Americans served in the military during World War I. However, animosity flared as black veterans returned from World War I insisting on the civil rights that they had fought for in Europe. Many African Americans believed that this sacrifice would be repaid when the war was over. It was not to be. The federal government denied black soldiers the right to participate in the victory march down Paris's Champs-Elysees boulevard--even though black troops from European colonies marched.
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