Fighting for Freedom

GBP £10.95



ISBN: 978-1-911282-01-3

80 Pages

180 × 180 mm (7 ⅛ × 7 ⅛ in)

50 colour and b&w photographs

In association with the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

May 2017


‘Heroes and trailblazers’: more remarkable photographs from the National Museum of African American History and Culture

“With these startling images, we can envision our own history anew.”
Major General Charles F. Bolden Jr, USMC Retired

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This fifth volume in the series Double Exposure series presents over fifty images of African Americans in uniform, from the Civil War to the War in Iraq. This selection of photographs illustrates stories of patriotism, courage, and dignity, and explores the lives and challenges of African Americans in the U.S. military.

Photographers include Anthony Barboza, a staff photographer in the U.S. Navy, Henry Clay Anderson who studied photography at Southern University under the G.I. Bill, and Robert Scurlock whose famous photographs of the Tuskegee Airmen still live with us today. The photographs are accompanied by detailed and extended captions and are enriched by the unique perspective of Charles F. Bolden, Jr., former administrator of NASA and Gail Lumet Buckley author of American Patriots.

Double Exposure is a dynamic series based on the notable photography collection supporting the Earl W. and Amanda Stafford Center for African American Media Arts at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Author biographies

Lonnie G. Bunch III is the Founding Director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Charles F. Bolden Jr., was the administrator of NASA, a retired United States Marine Corps Major General, and former NASA astronaut. He was the first African American to head the agency on a permanent basis.

Gail Lumet Buckley is the author of The Black Calhouns: From Civil War to Civil Rights with One African American Family (2016) and American Patriots: The Story of Blacks in the Military from the Revolution to Desert Storm (2002).


Table of contents

  1. Foreword by Lonnie G. Bunch III
  2. Pride in Service by Major General Charles F. Bolden Jr., USMC Retired
  3. Heroes and Trailblazers by Gail Lumet Buckley
  4. Photographs
  5. Index