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Despite facing challenges due to race and gender, more than 7,000 African American women served in World War II with the Women’s Army Corps (also known as WACs).

These women held a host of positions, ranging from nurses to spies to postal clerks. During WWII the first class of officer candidates consisted of 39 Black women who faced segregation through separate companies, lodging, dining tables, and recreation areas.

In early 1945, the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion (which was made up of 854 women drawn from WAC), was sent to sort and route mail intended for U.S. personnel held in warehouses in Birmingham, England. Nicknamed the “Six Triple Eight,” they created a new tracking system and cleared a six-month backlog of mail in just 3 months.

In June 1945, the 6888 was sent to Rougen, France, where they faced and processed an even larger backlog. The 6888 challenged stereotypes and ushered in a shift with regard to racial and gender roles in the military. #MilitaryAppreciationMonth #ANationsStory

📸 Hand-tinted portrait of Pauline C. Cookman in uniform ca. 1945, Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
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