In 1943, the Coast Guard-manned USS Sea Cloud had served as the federal government’s first deliberate test of desegregation aboard a U.S. ship. A year later, USS Hoquiam followed suit in barrier-breaking efforts allowing white and black crew members to serve in various capacities, share sleeping quarters and eat at the same mess table. This opened the door for black Coast Guard members to reach new heights including commanding cutters.
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African-Americans have served in the United States Coast Guard throughout its nearly 230-year history, but their participation in the service has been largely overlooked. So it is only fitting that we should document some of their participation by starting with the Coast Guard Academy, which pioneered the role of African-American officers in the U.S. sea services.
In the second part of the history of African-Americans serving in the U.S. Coast Guard, we recognize several members who have made an impact on the Coast Guard and the many firsts they have accomplished.
National African American History Month, celebrated in the U.S. during February, is an international annual observance for the remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African people living outside the continent of Africa. The Coast Guard honors those who have faced adversity and overcome not just this month, but every month as Coast Guardsmen face peril in emergency situations every day keeping our waters safe.
A ship’s bell from the now decommissioned Coast Guard Cutter Acushnet is one of many historical artifacts stored at the center. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Timothy Tamargo. Written by Arlyn Danielson, Coast Guard curator. The United States Coast Guard and its predecessor services have served our nation for more than