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Tuskegee Airmen History Presentation at National Lakeshore

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Date: February 10, 2012
Contact: Julie Larsen, 219-395-1821

Learn more about the lives and legacies of American heroes, the Tuskegee Airmen, on February 18 at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education. Cullen Daniel, president of the Miller Historical Society, will present "The Real Red Tails, America's Forgotten Black Heroes" at 1:30 p.m. during the Saturday afternoon Open House at the Douglas Center.

These airmen were the first African American combat pilots in the United States Air Force. Although they suffered greatly from racism, discrimination and Jim Crow laws, their bravery in combat helped win World War II. After the program, visitors can mingle over coffee or hot chocolate to compare this presentation with a movie currently playing in theaters. Then, learn about the two national park sites in Alabama that share the airmen's story.

This program is offered in partnership with the Miller Historical Society and is part of the year round free Saturday open house programs at the Douglas Center. Bring the whole family and explore this fascinating chapter of American history while having fun and learning about the national lakeshore.

The Douglas Center is located at 100 N. Lake Street in Gary, Indiana. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, visit the park website at www.nps.gov/indu/planyourvisit or contact our information desk at 219- 395-1882.

Did You Know?

Close-up of flames burning a prairie

Without fire, there could be no prairie at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Non-prairie plant species would crowd out native prairie grasses. These rare grasslands are maintained through periodic controlled burns.