Courtesy of Library of Congress, Henle, Fritz, "National Youth Administration work center (NYA), Brooklyn, New York..." ca. August 1942
The photograph shows two young men receiving training from the Works Progress Administration in New York. The men are in machine shop practice and are shown setting up shaper work to cut 45-degree angles at the base for a surface gauge. The National Youth Administration launched a program specifically for African-American youth headed by Mary McLeod Bethune, making her the first African-American female administrator of a federal program.
- Why do you think it was important that the photographer captured an image of the integration of a segregated program?
- Compare this photograph with the photo of the young women in Iowa. How was their training similar? How is it different
Henle, Fritz, "National Youth Administration work center (NYA), Brooklyn, New York. Two men, white and Negro, who are receiving training in machine shop practice, shown setting up shaper work to cut forty-five degree angles at base for surface gauge," ca. August 1942. Courtesy of Library of Congress