African American Auto Plant War Workers

Black workers, during WWII, were finally employed in war-related industries in jobs previously closed to them. This story is of African American women with no previous industrial experience who are reconditioning spark plugs in a Buick plant to maker airplane engines in 1942. Despite their lack of technical knowledge, they became expert operators of the small testing machines. 


African American Auto Plant War Workers, 2015, Encaustic, wood, paint on sheet metal with steel shelf holding 1942 Champion Spark Plugs, 12.5"x14"   ©2017 Pat Benincasa   All Rights Reserved