Two (2) World War I related items. 1st item: Panoramic photograph captioned "Company C Training Detachment – University of Tennessee – July – Aug 1918 / Thompson Photo 2 Knoxville ". Sight – 20 1/2" H x 7 3/4" W. Framed – 21 1/2" H x 8 3/4" W. 2nd item: World War 1 propaganda poster titled "Our Colored Heroes", copyright E.G. Renesch, Chicago, 1918. Depicts African American soldiers from the 369th Infantry Regiment, Henry Johnson and Needham Roberts, in battle against German forces. Shield at lower left features a statement by General Pershing about "a notable instance of bravery and devotion shown by two soldiers of an American colored regiment … before daylight on May 15, Pte. Johnson and Pte. Roberts, while on sentry duty at some distance from each other, were attacked by a German raiding party estimated at twenty men… both men fought bravely in hand to hand encounters, one resorting to the use of a bolo knife after his rifle jammed and further fighting with bayonet and butt became impossible…. attention is drawn to the fact that the two colored sentries were first attacked and continued fighting after receiving wounds and despite the use of grenades by superior forces". Note: This poster is featured in "World War I and American Art", organized by the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and currently on exhibit at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville. The 369th Infantry Rgt., formerly known as the 15th New York National Guard Regt., was known for being the first African American regiment to serve with the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I. Before its formation, black Americans who wanted to fight had to enlist in the French or Canadian armies. The Germans nicknamed the regiment the Harlem Hellfighters due to their toughness, and the regiment was known for having never lost a man through capture or a foot of ground to the enemy. Poster – 15 1/2" H x 19 3/4" W. Later frame – 20 3/4" H x 25 1/2" W. Circa 1918. CONDITION: 1st item: Two 1/2" tears upper margin, one 1" tear at left side, accretion under glass beside the tear, some creasing lower left corner. Not examined out of frame. 2nd item: Multiple small holes and tears, particularly along edges; paper is brittle with toning and scattered foxing.
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