While serving as a Mess Attendant aboard the USS West Virginia at Pearl Harbor in 1941, Doris "Dorrie" Miller abruptly discovered that life in the Navy was more than mess hall duty when the battleship was attacked by Japanese planes and submarines on December 7th. (performed in the exhibit: Personal Stories of Pearl Harbor)
A Gallery Guide highlighting stories from our galleries that specifically address African American History will be available throughout the month of February
Curator’s Choice Case – Meshek Moxley, Gunsmith Extraordinaire
Meshek Moxley was a black gunsmith who worked in Bellefontaine, Ohio from around 1840 to 1880. Little is known of his history, but he was originally from Virginia and believe to have been a freedman. The number of free blacks in Moxley's age group in Ohio in 1850 was less than one percent of that for the corresponding group of white males.