The DuSable Museum of African American History

Red, White, Blue & Black: A History of Blacks in the Armed Services

Red, White, Blue & Black: A History of Blacks in the Armed Services

The call to serve one’s country has always been a special significance in conferring the highest claim of citizenship and patriotic responsibility. The irony however, for the more than 14 million black men and women who have served in the armed forces of the United States, the right to serve, fight and die for America has been a battle of its own long before the colonies enlisted its first militia. This exhibition features more than 100 artifacts and objects from the DuSable Museum’s collection beginning with the Revolutionary War through the Vietnam War.

Featuring more than 100 artifacts, objects, images and documents, “Red, White, Blue & Black,” highlights the robust collection of militaria from the DuSable Museum’s permanent collection. The exhibition is divided into seven historical eras: the Revolutionary War; the American Civil War; Westward Expansion and the Spanish American War; World War I; World War II; the Korean War; and the Vietnam War.


“Red, White, Blue & Black: A History of Blacks in the Armed Forces” is made possible in part by the Chicago Park District, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Alphawood Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency and United Airlines, the official airline of the DuSable Museum.

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This project is partially supported by a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events

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