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The HistoryMakers

1900 South Michigan Avenue

Chicago, Illinois 60616

United States

Company Description

The History Makers offer you the opportunity to encounter the Romans, the Vikings, or the Anglo Saxons through the things they made, the stories they told, and the lives they lived. This unique, interactive experience is not about telling - it's about d ... more

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Montford Point Marine Association

National Historian

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Joseph Carpenter

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LtCol (Ret) Joseph Carpenter

Original Montford Point Marines

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Joseph Carpenter, member of the Montford Point Marines, with wife, Ann Carpenter.

Joseph Carpenter and Melvin Clarke don't consider themselves trailblazers.
Carpenter and Clarke are among the "Montford Point Marines" who broke the color barrier that existed in the Marine Corps more than six decades ago.
Carpenter and Clarke were among the 20,000 African Americans went through basic training there between 1942 and 1949.
"We were subject to be drafted," said Carpenter.
"When I got to Montford Point for boot camp, they immediately took me aside and put me in the company office as a clerk typist," Carpenter explained. He was put in charge of a group of African American Marines that was travelling to Montford Point for basic training. Carpenter recalled the train ride from Washington, D.C. to North Carolina.
"Once we got to D.C., all the African Americans had to move to the car right behind the coal car," he said.
Carpenter and Clarke said the African American drill instructors that greeted them at Montford Point were tougher on them than white drill instructors because they wanted them to succeed and earn the title of Marine.
"They were horrible," said Carpenter, who lives in Maryland.

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Also in attendance were our National Museum Director, Finney Greggs and his wife Louise, National Quartermaster and PNVP Elijah Abram, Past National Public Relations Officer, Master Gunnery Sergeant Gilbert Taylor, National Historian, Original Montford Pointer and retired Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Carpenter, as well as a dozen Original Montford Pointers from our Wilmington, Camp Lejeune, Louisville, and Beaufort Chapters . US Senator Lindsay Graham, who was largely responsible for securing the 500K grant from Congress to make our Documentary a reality, was also in attendance and pledged his continued support to ensure that our story continues to be told.

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National Historian Mr. Joseph Carpenter

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