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Earl Dyer

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Title

Earl Dyer

Subject

Dyer, Earl
World War (1939-1945)

Description

A photograph showing Earl Dyer of Woodstock taken by Hugh Morrison of Woodstock.

Earl Franklin Dyer had enlisted in the US Army in May of 1945. A native of Woodstock, he was living in Mananas Virginia at the time because it was the closest High School that allowed black students to his home.

Though he did not see any combat during the Second World War, Dyer was deployed to Japan as part of the occupation force. He served until 1947 and was discharged with the rank of corporal.

Despite having served alongside white soldiers, Dyer returned to a community that was still segregated. He and other local African Americans would have to wait decades to receive equal service in Shenandoah County.

When he returned to Woodstock, Dyer moved into his family home on Church Street and worked as a cook at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital. He also served as a local music teacher and pianist/choir director at many area churches, including his own Mt. Zion UMC in Woodstock. Earl died in 2008 and is buried at Riverview Cemetery in Woodstock.

Creator

Hugh Morrison

Source

Shenandoah County Historical Society Hugh Morrison Collection

Publisher

Shenandoah County Library

Date

ca. 1946

Rights

Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial (CC-BY-NC)

Identifier

03385

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Photograph

Files

EarlDyer(Small).jpg

Citation

Hugh Morrison, “Earl Dyer,” Shenandoah County Library Archives, accessed October 24, 2017, http://archives.countylib.org/items/show/11383.