Janitors at North American Aviation

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North American Aviation was a major manufacturer of aircraft during World War II, including the P-51 Mustang and the B-25 Mitchell bomber.  The company had plants in various U.S. towns, including Kansas City, Kansas.  (North American is now part of Boeing, after a series of mergers and acquisitions.)

In this picture, African-American janitors from the Kansas City plant stand in a "V" (for victory) formation.  The U.S. National Archives has the following description of the February 4, 1942 photo:

The Negro janitors of the plant maintenance department in North America's Kansas City factory in V-formation as they start out on their daily tasks.


Media Credits

Image from Record Group 208:  Records of the Office of War Information, 1926 - 1951.  Online, courtesy U.S. National Archives, ARC Identifier 535801.


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