Julia M. Jackson Woods scrapbook, 1942-1947

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This scrapbook was created by Julia M. Jackson Woods (1911-2000), an African American woman from Louisville, Kentucky, who enlisted in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) in November 1942. The scrapbook contains greeting cards, newspaper clippings, and ephemera from Woods' service, as well as more than 20 insignia and patches collected from various units, including her own sergeant stripes. The scrapbook documents the social side of military base life - cards from USO groups and friends, marriages, dances, and other interracial interactions between otherwise segregated regiments stationed at the same bases. A few items at the end of the volume relate to Woods' postwar life in Louisville. Woods served in the all-Black 32nd Post Headquarters Company of the WAAC. She did much of her training at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, near the Mexican border; she also served stints in Des Moines, Iowa and Midland, Texas. A clipping on one of the initial pages of the scrapbook notes that Jackson was one of Louisville's first volunteers to join the WAAC. She was discharged on August 14, 1943. After the United States Congress authorized the creation of the Women's Army Corps (WAC), she enlisted in the WAC on May 1, 1944. She ultimately reached the rank of sergeant and served in the military police force. The Army discharged her on December 24, 1945. After her service, she married Thomas Harry Woods (1914-1961) and was hired as the head of the all-Black Western Kentucky Vocational Training School Department of Cosmetology in Paducah, Kentucky, by 1946.

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THREE 'FIRST LADIES' MEET AT RALLY HONORING MRS. BETHUNE

Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt pays her respects to Mrs. Mary Leod Bethune for her 38 years of service to the Negro race with her work as founder of the Bethune-Cookman college at Daytona Beach, Fla. Occasion was a rally in honor of Mrs. Bethune.

Speakers at benefit-concert for Mrs. Bethune included Rev. Robert Williams, pastor at The Asbury Methodist church; Miss Pearl Buck, Mrs. Roosevelt, Mrs. Bethune, and Dr. Garnet C. Wilkerson, assistant superintendent of schools of the District of Columbia.

(2 programs from Easter 1943)

An Easter Easter message Greetings

(underneath are 2 handwritten messages) First Easter 1943- N.A.U.C. First Easter 1943- N.A.U.C.

93rd DIVISION PSALMS Mr. Roosevelt is my shephaed, and I am not in want (for anytjing) He maketh me lie down in fox-holes and slit-trenches, He leadeth me across rivers of running water. He restoreth my pay by allotment. He leadeth me in the path of tall pine trees, with my namesake. Yea, though I walk through muddy and "reptile"- infested forests, I do feel evil, because snakes, mosquitoes and ticks are after me. The cook preparest my chow in sanitary field kitchens In the presence of my enemy (snakes, mosquitoes and ticks), The Supply Sargent anointest my head with a steel helmet; The helmet runneth over the head (my head) But after spending 13 years and 58 months with the armed forces, I will happily dwell on the field for the "duration." By M/SGT. THYR BTRD, 369th Inf., 9rd Division, Service Co. Third Army Maneuver Area in Louisiana

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LADIES' MEET AT RALLY HONORING MRS. BETHUNE

[left page] [Picture of 2 women] Speakers at benefit-concert for Mrs. Bethune included Robert Williams, pastor of the Asbury Methodist church, Miss Pearl Buck, Mrs. Roosevelt, Mrs. Bethune and Dr. Garnet C. Wilkerson, assistant superintendent of school of the District of Columbia.

[right page] [picture of 2 men and 3 women] Pearl Buck, First Lady of American Literature, chats with Mrs. Bethune on the platform at the rally honoring the found of the Bethune-Cookman college. Miss Buck spoke at the meeting, describing the war as a continuation of the war for world liberation of all peoples.

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Happy Easter FRIEND

First Easter N.A.U.C 1943 (handwritten underneath the card)

Easter Greetings to you in the SERVICE

First Easter N.a.u.c- 1943 (handwritten underneath the card)

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cards from Julia M. Jackson Woods scrapbook, 1942-1947

Across the miles to you To Greet You on Valentine's Day On Valentine's Day First Valentine (iui) N.A.A.C. Georgia (handwritten) look inside

A Valentine Greeting A Valentine Remembrance

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