The story of the celebrated Tuskegee Airmen — the first African-American pilots to fly in combat during World War II — is told in an exhibit that opens Tuesday, October 9th, 2012 at the Anne Frank in the World exhibit in Sandy Springs. For exhibit hours and directions click here.
The exhibition, titled “The Tuskegee Airmen: The Segregated Skies of World War II,” depicts the history and heroism of the airmen who began training in a segregated program at Tuskegee Army Air Field in 1941. The exhibit is on loan from Kennesaw State University and will be on view until December 20th, 2012.
The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African American pilots to fly in combat during World War II. Although required to train and fight in segregated units, the Tuskegee Airmen proved to be some of the most skilled aviators during the war. Between 1941 and 1946, what become kown as the "Tuskegee Experiment" trained more than 1,000 pilots. The undeniable courage and skill of these brave men and women contributed to the desegregation of the United States Armed Forces in 1948. This exhibit offers a look into the historical challenges and triumphs of these unsung American heroes.
The Georgia Commission on the Holocaust awarded the Tuskegee Airmen with the 2012 Humanitarian Award at the State Official Observance of the Victims of the Holocaust.