Two African American crew members (at left: Walter E. Harris, Jr., deck engineer; at right: William E. Simmons, Jr., Warrant Officer) of the Liberty ship SS Robert L. Vann shaking hands with Mrs. Jessie Matthews Vann (Robert L. Vann's widow) on the day of the launching
@ Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Photographs and Prints Division. The New York Public Library
DescriptionCaption on back: "Two of the crew members of the liberty ship SS Robert L. Vann, which was launched October 10 at the Portland, Maine, yard of the New England Shipbuilding Company, receiving the congratulations of Mrs. Jessie Matthews Vann, who christened the ship; Shown with Mrs. Vann are: Walter E. Harris, Jr., who will be deck engineer, and William E. Simmons, Jr. Warrant Officer.
Photographs Gelatin Silver Prints
1943 10 10