Black and white photograph of soldier, Pvt. Bevely Warner. From the service of Private First Class James Dixon, Jr. Company B, 511th Engineers Service Battalion (Colored), AEF.
During World War I, thousands of African American men answered their country's call and joined the armed services. Though segregation policies at the time followed them into the military, the service of African Americans during the war broke barriers and challenged the heart of racist policies in the military and beyond.