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Clearing A Path For Democracy: Citizen Soldiers of the Illinois Fighting 8th

The DuSable Museum of African Amerian History is pleased to present a new exhibition, Clearing A Path For Democracy: Citizen Soldiers of the Illinois Fighting 8th, curated by historian and guest curator Harold (Hari) Jones

This exhibition tells the story of the unique Illinois regiment – the only regiment in American history to deploy overseas under the command of African American officers and awarded more citations than any other American regiment that fought along Europe’s Western Front during WW1.

The first part focuses on the Chicago citizens who organized and led the Eighth Regiment and the accomplishments of the regiment before deploying to Europe during World War I.

The second part focuses on the distinguished battle record of the regiment on the Western Front and the legacy of its soldiers and officers.

Curator Hari Jones stated, “The 8th Infantry Illinois National Guard community stood as a sterling example of what could be done despite racial discrimination.” He continued, “In this exhibition, the story will be told, and this story is certain to challenge false images of Americans of African descent too often projected in the nation’s popular culture.”

Part of the French Embassy's 2017 nationwide centennial commemoration of the United States entrance into WWI, How 1917 Changed the World.

Supported by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and The French Mission du centenaire de la Première Guerre mondiale in charge of the World War One Centenary in France.

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