Tuskegee Airmen Presentation at National Lakeshore
INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE: Learn more about the lives and legacy of some real American heroes, the Tuskegee Airmen, during the July 7, 2012 open house at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education. Cullen Daniel, president of the Miller Historical Society, will be presenting "The Real Red Tails, America's Forgotten Black Heroes" at 1:30 pm 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 for the Allies. After the presentation, visitors can mingle over refreshments to compare this presentation with the recent motion picture. Then, learn about the two national park sites in Alabama that preserve and share the airmen's legacy.
This program is offered in partnership with the Miller Historical Society and is part of the year round free Saturday open house programs. In addition, the Douglas Center is open 9 am - 4 pm every day through Labor Day weekend. Bring the whole family and explore this fascinating chapter of American history while having fun and gaining information about the dunes.
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.
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is part of the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 397 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.
Did You Know?
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.