Events

1945 WAC Strike

Saturday, September 15, 2018, 1:00 PM

In 1945 four African-American Women’s Army Corps (WAC) privates led a strike at Lovell General Hospital at Fort Devens. Along with fifty 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 United States Army over segregation.

At 1:00 PM on Saturday September 15, author Sandra Bolzenius will speak about the series of events that unfolded from this strike. Drawing from her recently published book “Glory in Their Spirit” (University of Illinois Press), she will detail how four black women took on the Army during World War II.