Launch of the SS Marine Eagle , the first ocean-going ship constructed entirely by African-American laborers. Sun Shipyard Number 4, Chester, PA, May 11, 1943.
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Sliding down the ways at the Sun Shipping and Dry Dock Company in Chester, Pennsylvania, is the first ship conceived and constructed by all African-American  labor.

Credit: Image Donated by Corbis-Bettmann

Plagued by racial tensions, the Sun Ship Company in 1943 staffed Yard Four with an all African-American workforce. By the end of the war, Yard 4"s all black workforce of 6,200 employees had launched fifteen cargo ships and thirty-five car floats.

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