Skip to main content Smithsonian Institution

Additional Online Media

Catalog Data

Photograph by:
James H. O'Neal, American, 1918 - 1983  Search this
Subject of:
Joe Louis, American, 1914 - 1981  Search this
Benjamin O. Davis Jr., American, 1912 - 2002  Search this
99th Pursuit Squadron, American, 1941 - 1949  Search this
332d Fighter Group, American, 1942 - 1949  Search this
301st Fighter Squadron, American, 1942 - 1945  Search this
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
H x W (sheet): 8 × 10 in. (20.3 × 25.4 cm)
H x W (image): 7 3/4 × 9 5/8 in. (19.7 × 24.4 cm)
gelatin silver prints
Place captured:
Ramitelli Airfield, Campobasso, Italy, Europe
August 22, 1944
A black-and-white photograph of staff sergeant Joseph Lewis Barrow (heavyweight champion Joe Lewis) and Colonel Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., commander of the 332nd Fighing Group, taken during Lewis' visit to the airfield in Ramitelli, Italy, in the fall of 1944. At the center of the photograph, Lewis, at proper left, and Davis, at proper right, stand in front of a tent pitched in the middle of a grassy field. They are holding mugs and facing the camera. Another Tuskegee airman stands behind them, at proper left, holding a cigarette in his right hand and wearing a pair of binoculars around his neck. Other men are partially visible in the background inside the tent, and at the proper right of the photograph, walking into frame.
African American  Search this
Athletes  Search this
Military  Search this
Photography  Search this
Tuskegee Airmen  Search this
World War II  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of the O'Neal family in loving memory of James "Huey" O'Neal
Object number:
Restrictions & Rights:
© Andrea M. O'Neal
Permission required for use. Proper usage is the responsibility of the user.
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title:
James "Huey" O'Neal Collection of Tuskegee Airmen Photographs
Media Arts-Photography
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture