U.S. Navy African American sailors lined up for the USS Mason's commissioning ceremony, Boston Navy Yard
@ Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Photographs and Prints Division. The New York Public Library
Naval Photographic Center (U.S.)
DescriptionCaption on back: "Skipper and some of Negro sailors of the USS [United States ship] MASON, destroyer escort, first U.S. Naval vessel with a predominantly Negro crew, at the ship's commissioning ceremony on March 20 at Boston Navy Yard; Lieutenant Commander William M. Blackford, USNR [United States Naval Reserve] of Seattle, Washington, who assumed command of the vessel, and his men smile despite the driving snow.
Photographs Gelatin Silver Prints
1944 03 20