Experience the AAMI traveling exhibit Unconditional Loyalty at the Ft. Des Moines Museum and Education Center. Learn about African American military heroes and heroines from the Revolutionary War to today. Topics include Iowa’s 60th U.S. Colored Troops from the Civil War, the Buffalo Soldiers, women in the military, World War I training camps in Iowa, and the Tuskegee Airmen.
Ft. Des Moines Museum and Education Center is dedicated to preserving, promoting and perpetuating the sacrifice and service of the Black Officers of World War I, the Women’s Army Corp of World War II, and all others whose lives have been connected to the Fort. The Museum represents a vital chapter in the struggle for racial and gender equality in the United States Army. Fort Des Moines was the site of the U.S. Army’s first officer class for African-American men, graduating 639 men as commissioned officers to serve in World War I. Likewise, Fort Des Moines was the site of the first training school for female commissioned officers, who served our country bravely in World War II.
Learn more about the Ft. Des Moines Museum and Education Center and how you can support their mission here.