The Council of National Defense (C.N.D.), in Washington D.C., wrote to southern states about organizing the black community in the war effort during World War I. This document details how the federal government wanted southern states to organize that community.
Arthur Fleming, with the Council of National Defense in Washington D.C., is requesting the organization of the Black community in southern states in the war effort during World War I.
Source: Arkansas State Council of Defense, MS.000490, ASA_CouncilDefense_MS490_08_20_01, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas
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This article was posted in the Arkansas Gazette on August 11, 1918, page twelve, it names the leaders of the Colored Auxiliary Council and its function within the State Council of Defense. Those leaders were: Henry Clay Yerger, Hempstead County; D.W. Hughes, Lee County; Isaac T. Gillam, Pulaski County; Josiah H. Blount, Phillips County; A.B. Crump, Ouachita County; R.C. Barrow, Garland County; W.W. Jones, Sebastian County; Percy Lipton Dorman, Pulaski County. The function of the Colored Auxiliary Council was to assist the County Councils in organizing the Black community in the war effort.
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