Black Marines were ‘dogged’ on this base in the 1940s. Now they’re honored there

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New recruits learn to drill. Breaking a tradition of 167 years, the U.S. Marine Corps enlisted blacks, June 1, 1942. The first class of 1,200 black volunteers began their training three months later as members of the 51st Composite Defense Battalion.

In the 1940s about 20,000 men trained on racially segregated Montford Point in North Carolina. Some of the 300 surviving Marines recently returned for the reopening of a restored museum honoring them.

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