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70 Years Ago: the SS Booker T. Washington

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Pictured on 8 February 1943, the crew of the SS Booker T. Washington with Captain Hugh Mulzac in the foreground (in glasses).

On 8 February 1943, the SS Booker T. Washington—first Liberty ship to be named after an African American—completed her maiden voyage to England. Captain Hugh Mulzac became the first African American to command a merchant ship and an integrated crew during WWII. Launched 29 September 1942 by singer Marian Anderson, SS Booker T. Washington would make 22 round-trip voyages between 1942-47, carrying 18,000 troops to Europe and the Pacific.

Post by Curator Kimberly Guise.

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