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