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Alan Dean: Rising Above Bias

Learn about Alan Paul Dean, Sr., who was the first African-American officer to serve on the Battleship Wisconsin.  Dean, who was an Ensign on the ship from 1951 to 1953, was one of only six commissioned black officers on active duty at that time.  Located in the Wisconsin’s Wardroom, the exhibit highlights and celebrates Dean’s military accomplishments and service during his tenure. He chronicled his history-making service in an article that appeared in the February 2007 issue of Naval History magazine. The exhibit is included in regular Nauticus admission.

“The Ensign’s bunkroom on a large ship is not a two year experience, it’s a treasure that lasts a lifetime.”

-Alan Dean