Mess call at the E.C.W. Camp, Licking Creek, Rothrock State Forest, Mifflin County, PA, May 25, 1933.
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Photograph of men gathering at the mess tent for dinner.

Credit: Courtesy of the Pennsylvania State Archives

In Pennsylvania, all-black companies accounted for nine out the state's ninety-seven Civilian Conservation Corps camps, including the E.C.W. Camp, in Mifflin County's Rothrock State Forest. Like the federal armed forces, CCC camps were segregated. African Americans, however, were better represented in Pennsylvania's CCC camps than elsewhere in the nation. The nine camps, 11 percent of the total, were more than double African Americans" percentage of state population. All CCC camps in Rothrock State Forest closed by early 1942.

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