Fort Des Moines Museum and Education Center
Backstory and Context
The Fort Des Moines Museum and Education Center is a vast facility with many different resources that do a great job in taking one back to the first officer school in the US Army, Fort Des Moines. The training school also began training women for the Army in 1942 as part of the Women's Army Corps.
The first class of recruits for the training were recruited by W.E.B Dubois and Joel Spingarn. Of the 1,200 recruits, over half of them were commissioned as officers and the following class produced some of the firs African American medical officers in the Army. In 1949 the school became a post Army training school and remains that to this day.
The museum, as well as the old training school itself, is a must see and tour for any military or especially African American history buff. The museum has a wealth of knowledge and educational history that brings you right back to the beginnings of Fort Des Moines.