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Springfield, IL 62703

JMS 8th Graders Experience Tuskegee Airmen Exhibit

September 20, 2016

The Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum offered a once in a lifetime experience for hundreds of District 186 students, including several JMS 8th grade 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 at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport.

Students viewed the Triumph Over Adversity: Rise Above exhibit at the airport and African American Museum. 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.