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March 21, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Hampton History Museum
120 Old Hampton Lane
Hampton, VA 23669
Free and open to the public. Bring a bag lunch, we'll have free dessert for you!
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Novella Auls and WAC Battalion 6888

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

In this first presentation in partnership with the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Dr. Margaret Bristow shares the story of the first and only black battalion of the Women's Army Corps (WAC) stationed in Birmingham, England, during WW II. Of special focus is Sergeant Novella Auls of Hampton, one of the members of Battalion 6888. These WACs sorted through 3 million pieces of mail for servicemen in England and France and helped rebuild the morale of WW II active duty men. These women served under the first commissioned black woman in WAC history — Major Charity Adams. To bring these brave women to life, Dr. Bristow shares several WAC songs and highlights Novella Auls in a short dramatic reenactment.

The presenter, retired English professor Dr. Bristow is a native of Southeast section of Newport News.  Having earned the BS and MA degrees in English from Hampton University, she went on to earn the doctorate in English from the University of Virginia in 1990. Dr. Bristow is currently working on a one act play about Auls, as well as a book for McFarland Press; she is a charter member of the Hampton Roads Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) and currently teachers part time at Hampton University and Bryant and Stratton College.