Montford Point

Training for the U.S. Marine Corps

"They promoted blacks to do the jobs that the whites had done."

“When I got there, they had built a lot of, I guess I would call them huts. They had a lot of huts in a line, and they started with the first platoon…each platoon, the first platoon, second platoon, third platoon, were housed in these huts. They were large enough to have cots for 40 people.”

“When we first went there, they had white drill instructors. And gradually, they would promote someone of the black race to be a drill instructor. But that's how we started out…as things went along, they promoted blacks to do the jobs that the whites had done.”

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Montford Point Marine recruits stand at parade rest in April 1943 in New River, North Carolina. | Source: USA Today View File Details Page

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Lorenzo Wallace, “Montford Point,” Georgia Journeys, accessed July 21, 2017, http://georgiajourneys.kennesaw.edu/items/show/10.

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