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BUCHENWALD 126: Black Lives Matter

Intersectionality this! African American soldiers in the 183rd Combat Engineers battalion were at Buchenwald a few days after liberation seventy-one years ago. William A. Scott, Reconnaissance Sergeant, from Morehouse College, the son of the founder of the Atlanta World, was among the black soldiers. He took pictures in the camp. Leon Bass, the son of a sharecropper who migrated to the North, a Philadelphia boy, was another in the unit. Both bore witness to oppression and to the effects of terror. Many Buchenwald boys spoke about their first encounters with tall African Americans who smiled at them. One thought he had died and gone to heaven and angels were black men.


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