Historic Resource Study: Integration of the Military at Floyd Bennett Field

Borough of Brooklyn, New York City


In 2018, under contract to the Gateway National Recreation Area unit of the National Park Service, Hunter Research embarked on a program of historical research and writing on the integration of the military at Floyd Bennett Field, a key component of Naval Air Station New York during World War II. Documentary research into military records was conducted at the Gateway NRA Museum Collection and Archives at Fort Wadsworth and at the National Archives in Washington, DC. A strong emphasis was also placed on identifying photographic images and on oral historical research. The purpose of these studies was to gain a clearer understanding of how African Americans assimilated into military life in the mid- to late 1940s while serving at home and overseas.  A roughly 200-page illustrated narrative is scheduled for completion in 2020.