The Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum is offering a once in a lifetime experience for hundreds of District 186 students to learn about the first African American military aviators in the United States Armed Forces and their crews during World War II, known as the Tuskegee Airmen, with an exhibit this week at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport.
Fifth grade students from Addams, Black Hawk, Butler, Enos, Hazel Dell, Lee, Matheny-Withrow and Southern View, as well as eighth graders from Franklin, Grant, Iles, Jefferson, and Lincoln Magnet will participate in field trips on Wednesday, Sept. 14, Thursday, Sept. 15, and Friday, Sept. 16, to view the Triumph Over Adversity: Rise Above exhibit. Students will visit the exhibit at the airport and will also go to the museum located at 1440 Monument Avenue.
The goal of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Red Tail Squadron, the presenter of the exhibit, is to teach the six guiding principles of the Tuskegee Airmen, aim high, believe in yourself, never quit, be ready to go, use your brain, and expect to win. The exhibit illustrates how the Tuskegee Airmen overcame obstacles of segregation in the military and lack of flying experience through their courage, hard work and dedication.
The traveling exhibit is open Tuesday through Saturday of this week.