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  • Listen to the Moonglowers live on KGU Radio Honolulu in 1944

    The B-1 Navy band, which included the Moonglowers, helped integrate the U.S. Navy in 1942, playing for the pre-flight school in Chapel Hill and traveling to wartime Pearl Harbor. The 44 men, all from North Carolina, will be honored with a historic marker on Franklin Street on Saturday, May 27.

The B-1 Navy band, which included the Moonglowers, helped integrate the U.S. Navy in 1942, playing for the pre-flight school in Chapel Hill and traveling to wartime Pearl Harbor. The 44 men, all from North Carolina, will be honored with a historic marker on Franklin Street on Saturday, May 27. Courtesy of State Archives and Pamela Carson
The B-1 Navy band, which included the Moonglowers, helped integrate the U.S. Navy in 1942, playing for the pre-flight school in Chapel Hill and traveling to wartime Pearl Harbor. The 44 men, all from North Carolina, will be honored with a historic marker on Franklin Street on Saturday, May 27. Courtesy of State Archives and Pamela Carson

U.S. Navy’s first black band honored in Chapel Hill

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