The “For My Country, For Myself” exhibit in the lower gallery will include literature, video, and images of women who served, primarily in WWII, made available from our Marshall Legacy Series partner, the Unites States Women’s Army Museum in Fort Lee, Virginia. Tuskegee Airmen oral histories and accompanying photographs have also been provided for the exhibit, courtesy of the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site.
Also displayed will be WAC (Women’s Army Corps) uniforms, objects, memorabilia, and personal photographs from the Marshall Foundation Collections of WAC servicewomen, including WAC’s Director, Oveta Culp Hobby, who was personally selected to lead women in uniform by General George C. Marshall. A WWII WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) Navy servicewoman uniform will be on loan from the Lynchburg Museum System.
Additional displays will discuss the service of African-American soldiers, the Nisei (Japanese-Americans) and Native American “Code Talkers.”
A preview of this exhibit will be available on January 20, 2016 before the presentation “The Women’s Army Corps and Its Legacy” by Dr. Bonnell.