Matter of Fact with Soledad O'Brien Features 6888th | Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours

Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien Features 6888th

6888th Battalion parade
Members of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion take part in a parade ceremony in honor of Joan d’Arc at the marketplace where she was burned at the stake

We are delighted to share this excellent news story on the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion that was featured on Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien. As noted in the segment, “Black Female Army Battalion Honored for Delivering Mail During World War II,” the 6888th did what others couldn’t. The unit of over 800 Black women sorted through a backlog of nearly 17 million letters and packages to deliver them to American soldiers serving in Europe.

Correspondent Alexis Clark interviewed several people who are making sure the work of the 6888th isn’t forgotten, including Edna W. Cummings, Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired), who led our 6888th Legacy Tour. Since 2018, Col. Cummings has worked to bring recognition to the 6888th. She championed the effort with Congress to enact the passage of the Six Triple Eight Congressional Gold Medal Act. In March 2022, President Biden signed the legislation into law awarding the 6888th the nation’s highest civilian honor.

Watch Black Female Army Battalion Honored for Delivering Mail During WWII >

Other News Coverage of the 6888th

Colonel Edna W. Cummings and our guests on the 6888th Legacy Tour made quite an impression as they followed the path of the only African American WAC unit of WWII from Scotland to England and France, generating news coverage for the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion as well as the inaugural tour.

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