The efforts of 29-year-old part-time research associate, Edward De Jesus, led to this amazing discovery. De Jesus works at the Dominican Studies Institute at CUNY, and had no idea the extent that his fellow Dominicans had been involved in World War II. It took three years to find the Hostesse connection to the Airmen.
A new exhibit opened this week at the City College of New York featuring other Dominicans who fought in the war. Hotesse’s granddaughter, Iris Rivera, donated photos and other material to the Dominican Studies Institute.
The Ten Most Interesting Little Known Black History Facts
1. The Fultz quadruplets were the first surviving identical African-American quads.Source:Library of Congress/Public Domain 1 of 10
2. The Muse BrothersSource:Public Domain 2 of 10
3. Gerald Lawson3 of 10
4. Frederick Jones4 of 10
5. Fredi WashingtonSource:Public Domain 5 of 10
6. Sarah Baartman6 of 10
7. Philippa SchuylerSource:Public Domain 7 of 10
8. Leonard Nimoy8 of 10
9. The McKoy TwinsSource:Public Domain 9 of 10
10. Sarah RectorSource:Public Domain 10 of 10