TYPE: Clothing
COMPONENTS: Consists of his jacket, leggings and leather "gaiters." His namestencilled inside.
NOTES: This is the first complete WWI uniform of an identified African-American that we have had.
ITEM ID: 2258

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WWI Uniform of African American “Doughboy”

DATE
Decade: 1910s
Century: 20th (1901-2000)
Notes: C. 1917

World War I Uniform belonging to an African American “doughboy,” Foster Leroy Watson. Uniform belonging to Foster Leroy Watson, born in Attleboro, Massachusetts, October 25, 1892. He enlisted on June 5, 1917. The only record we could find was Watson’s enlistment date.