The Pritzker Military Museum & Library in Chicago honors Black History Month by sharing the oral histories of Black/African American servicemen.
“Black servicemen have made major contributions to the freedom and defense of our country that should not be overlooked,” said Susan Rifkin, acting CEO of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library. “Black History Month is just one opportunity for the Pritzker Military Museum & Library to celebrate and thank these heroes.”
The museum’s Holt oral history program will highlight four black/African American service members this month.
The Holt Oral History Program is dedicated to preserving the unique stories of service of citizen soldiers. This month’s featured stories feature the stories of Curtis Morrow, a Korean War veteran who served in one of the last all-black units in the U.S. military; James Capers, Jr., the highly decorated Marine who received a battlefield commission in Vietnam and was inducted into the United States Special Operations Command Commando Hall of Honor; Laurence Willborn, drafted into the army in 1970 and served despite his opposition to the Vietnam War; and Glenda Dugar, whose 20-year military service began in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, and included her being the only female soldier to graduate in her class from the U.S. Army Airborne School.
“The Pritzker Military Museum & Library is proud to highlight the stories of black men and women who served and sacrificed for our country,” said Dr. Matthew S. Muehlbauer, Chief Military Historian. “The oral histories featured this month illustrate the breadth and complexity of African Americans’ experiences with military service, from the challenges of racism to the ability to excel as leaders and soldiers. We encourage you to listen to their experiences as well as all of our oral histories.”
The Museum & Library complies with Chicago’s vaccination mandate. Visitors two years and older must wear a mask at all times while on the premises. Acceptable proof of vaccination includes a physical vaccine card, a photocopy of the vaccine card, a digital record or app on your phone, or a printed record from a vaccine provider. Visitors aged 16 and over must also show photo ID.
To learn more, visit the PMML Black History Month webpage at www.pritzkermilitary.org/celebrating-black-history-month.
The Pritzker Military Museum & Library aims to increase the public’s understanding of military history, military affairs and national security by providing a forum for the study and exploration of our military – past, present and future – with special emphasis on their stories, sacrifices and values. With national and global reach, these spaces and events aim to share the stories of those who served and their contributions as citizen soldiers, helping citizens around the world appreciate the relationship between the armed forces and the civilians they protect. freedoms. A non-governmental and non-partisan organization, the museum and library showcases diverse collections, scholarly initiatives and public programs, from its flagship center in downtown Chicago to its world-class research center and park currently under construction in Somers, NY. Wisconsin.