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The Harlem Hellfighters, 1919


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Colorized by Jordan J. Lloyd
based on a print by an unknown photographer
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  • Collectible giclée fine art print;
  • Hand-printed in England, with individual embossing;
  • Ships with a Certificate of Authenticity;
  • Guaranteed archival quality for over a century;
  • Each sale directly supports the artisan;
  • Global shipping available;
  • Listed dimensions include a white border for easy framing


Taken 1919, New York City, United States
(US National Archives & Records Administration)

"The 369th Infantry Regiment consisted mainly of African Americans and several Puerto Ricans fighting in France during WW1, where they spent more time in the trenches than any other American unit.

Given the nickname Hommes de Bronze (Men of Bronze) by the French and the Höllenkämpfer (Hell-fighters) by the Germans, the regiment's origins came from an opportunity for black and brown Americans who initially were turned away from military service due to their race. The Selective Service Act of 1917 rectified this situation and many black Americans signed up, believing that fighting in the armed forces would help end racial discrimination. Following basic training, the unit was seconded to the French Army as many white American soldiers refused to fight alongside their black compatriots. The French welcomed them with open arms – the 369th's performance was so effective the entire unit was awarded a citation as well as the Croix de Guerre to 170 individuals. The US Army awarded Distinguished Service Crosses and one Medal of Honour."

– Jordan J. Lloyd

This historical photograph has been meticulously researched and rendered into colour from a black and white original by a skilled artisan, continuing a craft tradition that has existed since photography began.


"Soldiers of the 369th (15th N.Y.), awarded the Croix de Guerre for gallantry in action, 1919. Left to right. Front row: Pvt. Ed Williams, Herbert Taylor, Pvt. Leon Fraitor, Pvt. Ralph Hawkins. Back Row: Sgt. H. D. Prinas, Sgt. Dan Storms, Pvt. Joe Williams, Pvt. Alfred Hanley, Cpl. T. W. Taylor."

Our prints come in popular sizes with a white border for easy framing. Small prints will ship in a stiffened envelope rather than a postal tube.

S (A4) – 21 × 29.7 cm / 8.3 × 11.7 inches
M (A3) – 29.7 × 42 cm / 11.7 × 16.5 inches
L (A2) – 42 × 59.4 cm / 16.5 × 23.4 inches
XXL (A0) – 84.1 × 118.9 cm / 33.1 × 46.8 inches

Presented on 315gsm Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Baryta; a pleasantly warm, pure cotton paper with subtle texture, providing excellent reproduction of colour and detail, deep blacks, and perfect contrasts. More information about our prints can be found here.
‘Made–to–Order’ colorized fine art prints, proudly produced in St. Leonards, East Sussex, England. This is a derivative work. Photographs for illustration purposes only. Please note that all giclée art prints are currently supplied unframed. More information about shipping and returns can be found here.