Rowan Documentary to be Part of National MuseumJanuary 07, 2000
<+>Hidden Heroes: African-American Women in World War II<+>
Glassboro-A documentary team of seven Radio/TV/Film students at Rowan University
who chronicled a piece of forgotten history and created a tribute to a special group of World
War II veterans expects to soon see its work become a part of national museum.
For a class project, the team researched, taped and edited <+>Hidden Heroes:
African-American Women in World War II<+> last year, uncovering those heroes and profiling
two of them, presenting a look at what they accomplished, the challenges they faced as
minorities and as women and their role in pioneering the acceptance of black women in the
Now, the Rowan graduates are being recognized for their efforts to put a face to the women
who were often in the shadows. The Women in Military Service for America Memorial
Foundation, Inc., has asked to show <+>Hidden Heroes<+> at the Memorial Education Center in
Washington D.C., particularly during Black History Month, and to sell the video in its gift
store and through its catalog.
The video crew, students in Rowan University's spring video documentary class, spent 15
weeks producing the 13-minute video that tells the story of these women. The video includes
interviews conducted at the Women in Military Service Memorial and rare World War II
photographs from the National Archives. Emmy winner Gil Noble narrates the
documentary. <+>Hidden Heroes<+> is one of 10 finalists in the Dore Schary humanitarian
documentary competition, whose winner will be announced this month.
The veterans, video crew and Rowan representatives plan to take part in a dedication
ceremony presenting the video to the memorial (as yet unscheduled).
Several members of the video crew, who worked under professor Ned Eckhardt, today are
employed in television production, including the producer and writer of <+>Hidden Heroes,<+>
who works at CBS for 48 Hours. Members of the group live in or come from throughout
New Jersey and Delaware. The subjects of the video live in Philadelphia and Washington,
Using the RealPlayer G2 you may view a version of <+>Hidden Heroes<+>
will need the RealPlayer G2 software which is freely available for download from
Please note that the video has been compressed dramatically to allow it be viewed via a
variety of connection speeds. The original video is of significantly higher quality in sound