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Exhibit honoring African American WWII pilots to open at NMGL

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A new micro exhibit honoring the Tuskegee Airmen opens February 9 at The National Museum of the Great Lakes.

The Tuskegee Airmen were an elite group of African American military pilots and airmen who fought in World War II. “Taking Flight: The Tuskegee Airmen” examines the connection between these pilots and the Great Lakes.

“During World War II, with a segregated military, African American men were sent to the Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama to train for working in, on, and around airplanes,” said Carrie Sowden, the museum’s Archaeological and Research Director. “Held to a much higher standard to enter the military’s aviation program, African American men graduating from Tuskegee were some of the smartest and most fit pilots of their time.”

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