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1945 WAC Strike at Fort Devens

September 2, 2018

DEVENS -- In 1945 four African-American Women’s Army Corps (WAC) privates led a strike at Lovell General Hospital at Fort Devens.

Along with 50 other WACs, they refused to report to duty after seeing all the skilled jobs being assigned only to white WACs and they themselves being relegated to orderly duty.

These women risked their careers and freedom to defy the U.S. Army over segregation.

Author Sandra Bolzenius will speak about the series of events that unfolded on Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. at the Fort Devens Museum 94 Jackson Road. She will drawn on her recent book, “Glory in Their Spirit”

This program is free but donations are appreciated. For information, call 978-772-1286 or email info@fortdevensmuseum.org .

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