These men’s spirit never seemed to be dampened

‘As the black soldiers marched, winter and
summer, rain or shine, night or day, they were always whistling or singing, to the wonderment of French and English alike. These men’s spirit
never seemed to be dampened. They always marched to music of their own making. There was a baseball game when an entire company of black soldiers watched
their team play a white team. At the climax of the game, when a black player
knocked a home run, his entire company ran around the bases with him – more than
two hundred laughing, shouting, singing soldiers, helping to bring in the score
that won the game!’

1918, American journalist in France –  New Outlook Vol 120  Sept-Dec 1918 – Photos: WW1 American soldiers in France. La Contemporaine.