An American Family

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Family of Curtis Duncan, 1944.

An American Family

The Curtis Duncan family boasted two soldiers; one was a private first class the other had the rank of corporal and was a marksman second class gunner who received a ribbon for good conduct. More than 4,000 African Americans from Delaware served in the armed forces during World War II, some were commissioned as officers. In World War II, about one million African Americans served, although, over 2.5 million had registered for military service. Approximately three fourths of those that served were in the army. They were represented in all other branches of the military, but all served in segregated units.

The Purnell Collection of photographs contains representations of a wide range of subjects and time periods that give an excellent view of Sussex county life. There are also some photos from Kent and New Castle Counties with the collection divided into three categories: places, street scenes, businesses, buildings and transportation; portraits and subjects.