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Flashback Photo: Gloucester Memorial Day, 1943

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Gloucester Memorial Day 1943.

Gloucester Memorial Day 1943.

Gordon Parks took these photos of Gloucester, Mass., Memorial Day services in 1943. Parks, then 30, was working for the Office of War Information. He would later become a well known for his photo essays of the civil rights movement for Life magazine -- and for directing the 1971 film Shaft. He also composed music and wrote fiction and poetry. His best known work is The Learning Tree, an autobiographical novel about a poor young African American growing up in segregated rural Kansas during the late 1920s and early 1930s. He received 20 honorary doctorates before he died in 2006 at the age of 93. All photos courtesy the Library of Congress.

Gloucester, Massachusetts. Memorial Day, 1943. Memorial services for fishermen lost at sea. Here relatives of fishermen wait their turn to toss flowers into the water.

Gloucester, Massachusetts. Memorial Day, 1943. Memorial services for fishermen lost at sea. Here relatives of fishermen wait their turn to toss flowers into the water.

 

Gloucester Memorial Day 1943 A Legionaire sounding taps for the War dead during services

Gloucester Memorial Day 1943
A Legionaire sounding taps for the War dead during services

Gloucester, Massachusetts. Memorial Day 1943. Gloucester policemen at the Memorial services

Gloucester, Massachusetts. Memorial Day 1943. Gloucester policemen at the Memorial services

Gloucester Memorial Day Speakers, 1943

Gloucester Memorial Day Speakers, 1943

Gloucester Memorial Day, 1943. American Legion Band.

Gloucester Memorial Day, 1943. American Legion Band.

Gloucester, Massachusetts. Memorial Day, 1943. Portrait of an American legionnaire.

Gloucester, Massachusetts. Memorial Day, 1943. Portrait of an American legionnaire.

Gloucester, Massachusetts. Memorial Day, 1943. Girl scouts attending the Memorial services

Gloucester, Massachusetts. Memorial Day, 1943. Girl scouts attending the Memorial services

Gloucester, Massachusetts. Memorial Day, 1943. An aged member of the American Legion band resting after the parade.

Gloucester, Massachusetts. Memorial Day, 1943. An aged member of the American Legion band resting after the parade.

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Molly Landrigan

    May 24, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    When did they erect the statue of the fisherman at the wheel of the boat?

  2. Victor Sacco

    May 21, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    When did they stop having the Memorial Day flower tossing? I remember my grandmother doing that back in the 60s, she lost 2 brothers at sea out of Gloucester.

  3. Cindy glazier

    March 7, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    The woman with the baby carriage is my grandmother and the baby is my dad! How can I get a copy of that pic?

    • Leslie Landrigan

      April 9, 2016 at 12:22 pm

      We suggest you contact the Library of Congress. They have the original and may sell you a copy.

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