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Cooks of Free Soil Civilian Conservation Corps are photographed in 1935 in Michigan. The university has acquired a trove of photos capturing a place and time largely overlooked by history: black CCC camps during the Great Depression. The photos are the only known images of the state's segregated, all-black camps. (Bentley Historical Library via AP)

Cooks of Free Soil Civilian Conservation Corps are photographed in 1935 in Michigan. The university has acquired a trove of photos capturing a place and time largely overlooked by history: black CCC camps during the Great Depression. The photos are the only known images of the state's segregated, all-black camps. (Bentley Historical Library via AP)

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