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James "Big Jim" Richardson, left, is photographed at Free Soil Camp in 1936 in Michigan. The university has acquired a trove of photos capturing a place and time largely overlooked by history: black Civilian Conservation Corps camps during the Great Depression. The photos are the only known images of the state's segregated, all-black camps. President Franklin Roosevelt established the corps in the early 1930s to employ a "vast army" of unemployed men and restore national resources. (Bentley Historical Library via AP)

James "Big Jim" Richardson, left, is photographed at Free Soil Camp in 1936 in Michigan. The university has acquired a trove of photos capturing a place and time largely overlooked by history: black Civilian Conservation Corps camps during the Great Depression. The photos are the only known images of the state's segregated, all-black camps. President Franklin Roosevelt established the corps in the early 1930s to employ a "vast army" of unemployed men and restore national resources. (Bentley Historical Library via AP)

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