Archival Statement

Thank you for inquiring about archives at the DuSable Museum of African American History. Currently, our archives are closed to research, image requests and individual projects. This measure is taken to complete necessary inventory and cataloging work, which will ultimately allow us to facilitate better archive applications in the future. We anticipate reopening the Archives in Spring 2017.

Call to the Chicago Community and Beyond for WWI 8th Illinois/370th United States Infantry Materials


The DuSable Museum of African American History in collaboration with the First Division Museum at Cantigny Park, the Chicago Defender, the Bronzeville Military Academy, the Chicago History Museum, the 8th Infantry Association, Illinois Army National Guard, Consulate of France and the McCormick Foundation will present an exhibition of the 8th Illinois, 370th United States Infantry at the DuSable Museum in an upcoming exhibition.

The DuSable Museum is currently seeking materials from individuals, families, organizations and others in the Chicagoland community and beyond that are specifically related to, represent and depict individuals, artifacts and materials from the World War I 8th Illinois/370th United States Infantry. Materials can include photographs, regalia, announcements, metals, flags, books and other printed materials, interviews and other audiovisual materials.

We are also seeking narratives from descendants of the World War I 8th Illinois/370th United States Infantry. Provided below are the members of the Infantry:

COL Franklin Dennison | COL T. A. Roberts | MAJ Rufus M. Stokes |LTC Charles L. Hunt | PVT Robert E. Lee | LT Harvey Taylor | SGT Matthew Jenkins | CPT John H. Patton, Cdr | LTC Otis Duncan | CPT John T. Prout | CPT James H. Smith Cdr | SGT Robert Barnes | CPT William B. Crawford | PVT Leroy Davis | Supply SGT Lester Fossie | PVT James Fuquay | SGT Ralph Gibson | SGT Henry Norman | PVT William G. Hurdle | PVT Spirley E. Irby | 2LT Rufus B. Jackson | PVT Arthur Johnson | PVT Andy McCall* | SGT Charley T. Monroe | PVT Harry L. Pearson | PVT Tom Powell*  | SGT Emmett Thompson | CPL Isaac Valley | PVT Alonzo Walton | 1LT William J. Warfield | PFC Nathaniel C. White* | PFC Alfred Williamson
* Posthumous

Interested parties are asked to contact the DuSable Museum Archivist, Skyla Hearn, to make an appointment to address inquiries and to share memorabilia. Ms. Hearn will work directly with the community to collect information, inform on practices of how to loan materials for the exhibition. Community members will be invited to bring materials in person by appointment only after initial contact via phone at 773-947-0600 ext. 247 or email at

All materials utilized in the exhibit will be on temporary loan to the DuSable Museum and returned at the end of the exhibition.

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