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Arming a New Navy: The Naval Gun Factory and Its Local Workforce (FREE)

Thursday, February 2, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Join historian Edward Valentin as he examines the stories of European immigrants, African Americans, and women who were employed at the Washington Navy Yard during World War II, which was at the time one of Washington, DC’s major employers. Established in the late 19th century, the Washington Navy Yard played several roles including a shipping port during the American Civil War, to an armament producing facility during World Wars I and II.

As this event is in-person, we require all attendees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. 

About Edward Valentin: Edward Valentin Jr. received his Bachelor of Science in history from the United States Military Academy in 2010 and his doctorate in history from Rice University in May 2020. In 2016, Dr. Valentin began working at the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum in Houston, Texas as an assistant curator. Since July 2020, he has worked as a curator at the National Museum of the United States Navy. His research area focuses on race and identity in the U.S. military, and his work has appeared in the scholarly journal, Civil War History. He is working on a book manuscript, Black Men in Army Blue: Race, Citizenship, and Military Occupation, 1866-1900, currently under a publishing contract with the University of Virginia Press.

Ms. Juanita Gray learning techniques at the Washington Navy Yard. Library of Congress photograph.

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