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New England Air Museum

The New England Air Museum opened a permanent exhibit honoring the Tuskegee Airmen in an exhibit named The Tuskegee Airmen: Their Untold Stories. This world class exhibit goes beyond the story of their exploits from WWII and provides the stories of their pre-war, war and post war experiences from interviews with living Tuskegee Airmen and their children.

The New England Air Museum’s exhibit “The Tuskegee Airmen: Their Untold Stories” is a profound tribute to the first African American military aviators in the United States Armed Forces. This exhibit is a vital part of the Connecticut Freedom Trail, highlighting the formation, achievements, and enduring legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen, who served with excellence despite facing abject racism and discrimination. These American heroes played a crucial role in the eventual desegregation of the U.S. military. A standout feature of the exhibit is the award-winning videos that tell the story through the voices of four of the living Tuskegee Airmen, along with their families and friends. These first-hand accounts provide a deeply personal perspective, enriching the narrative and offering visitors a powerful and emotional connection to the history being presented. Prominent figures featured in the exhibit include Benjamin O. Davis Jr., who led the 99th Fighter Squadron and later became the first African American general in the U.S. Air Force, and Charles McGee, who flew 409 combat missions across three wars.

The exhibit also includes Ret. Lt. Col. Harry Stewart, Ret. Lt. Col. George Hardy, Ret. Lt. Col. James Harvey, and Ret. 2nd Lt. Eugene Robinson. These individuals exemplify the courage and resilience of the Tuskegee Airmen, whose contributions went beyond their wartime service to influence the Civil Rights Movement and the eventual integration of the U.S. armed forces. The exhibit also explores the broader social impact of the Tuskegee Airmen, including their role in challenging segregation and discrimination. It presents personal narratives and artifacts, such as flight suits, photographs, and medals, providing an intimate glimpse into the lives of these pioneering aviators. Interactive displays and multimedia presentations offer an engaging educational experience, allowing visitors to appreciate the Airmen’s skill, bravery, and enduring legacy. By showcasing the Tuskegee Airmen’s untold stories, the New England Air Museum not only honors their extraordinary contributions to aviation and military history but also underscores their pivotal role in advancing civil rights. This exhibit, therefore, stands as a testament to their fight for equality and justice, making it a vital part of the Connecticut Freedom Trail.


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