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The arrival of the first black American military




During the Second World War, black soldiers generally served as engineers or drivers as the American Military segregated units based on race. The local people of Wijchen looked on in amazement as the first African-Americans drove into their village.

At the time, many African-Americans saw military service as means to escape poverty and build a better live for themselves and their families after the war.    

The audio story was created in 2008. It still gives a true picture of events during WW2. Today, however, we think and speak about black people in a different way.

Kasteellaan, Wijchen