Luther Harper. Call Number: PI/1988.0009 (MDAH Collection)

Luther Harper. Call Number: PI/1988.0009 (MDAH Collection)

Mississippi native Luther Harper, pictured above, was a veteran of World War I. Harper was born in 1893 and grew up in the Brushy Creek community in Copiah County. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1918 and was honorably discharged in 1919.  This circa 1915 photograph depicts Harper in his U.S. Army uniform.

Harper and his family moved to Jackson in 1942, where he died in 1985. This hand-tinted photograph was donated to MDAH by Harper’s step-granddaughter in 1988. Sources like this one document the contributions of African Americans to America’s war effort.

Luther Harper's World War I Statement of Service Card. Call Number: Series 1731, Army #778 (MDAH Collection)

Luther Harper's World War I Statement of Service Card. Call Number: Series 1731, Army #778 (MDAH Collection)

Pictured above is Harper’s statement of service card from Series 1731: Mississippi World War I Statement of Service Cards, 1917-1919, which is now available online, along with related indicies.

Sources:

PI/1988.0009 control folder, Image and Sound Section files, Archives and Records Services Division, MDAH.

Mississippi History Newsletter 31, no. 3 (March 1989).