Collection (1943, 2001) consisting of a report entitled
Calvin F. Morrow (b. 1924) in Greensboro, North Carolina, was a member of the U. S. Navy B-1 Band, the first all-African American Navy band during World War II, 1942 – 1945, which was recruited in North Carolina; Morrow, a Musician 2nd Class, who played French horn, was one of 45 members of the unit. Prior to entering the service, Morrow was a student at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical College; after 21 months of service, returned to North Carolina and became a high school principal; he also served as secretary of the U. S. Navy B-1 Band Association. Morrow was one of the four surviving members of the Band who was able to attend, in May 2017, when the state erected a roadside marker in Chapel Hill to honor the unit.
Calvin F. Morrow Collection, 1943, 2001, consists of two items: 1) a report entitled Profile of the Members of the B–1 U. S. Navy Band of World War II, 1942-2001, submitted by W. F. Carlson, Jr., B-1 Executive Treasurer and Calvin F. Morrow, B-1 Secretary of the U. S. Navy B-1 Band, the first all-African American Navy band during World War II. The report lists 44 band members and 4 replacements, it also includes a description of the band members' profession before and after their service; 2) the collection also includes a Servicemen's Map of the United States and Insignia of the Armed Forces, Published by Fred Harvey (Chicago, IL: Rand McNally & Company © . Printed. Folding map. Scale: 1:9,757,000. 1 = 154 miles. 14" x 22". The railroad route between California and North Carolina - probably in 1945 - is marked on the map; the map is also inscribed: "Calvin F. Morrow, Mus. 2/C". The verso of the map holds military insignia for all the services and their various military formations.
March 21, 2003, 1 item, 0.001 cubic feet, 3 pages; Collection (2001) consisting of a report entitled Profile of the Members of the B-1 U. S. Navy Band of World War II, 1942-2001, submitted by W. F. Carlson, Jr., B-1 Executive Treasurer and Calvin F. Morrow, B-1 Secretary of the U. S. Navy B-1 Band, the first all-African American Navy band during World War II. Donor: Calvin F. Morrow.
August 3, 2015, Addition #1, 1 item, 0.005 cubic feet; Servicemen's Map of the U.S. and insignia of the Armed Forces published by Fred Harvey. Donor: Calvin F. Morrow via Alex Albright.
Gift of Calvin F. Morrow
Gift of Calvin F. Morrow via Alex Albright
Processing completed May 9, 2019 by Jonathan Dembo and Thomas Hall (intern)
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