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Commemoration of the Legendary Tuskegee Airmen

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Date: February 13, 2009
Contact: Phil Lupsiewicz, (978) 275-1705
Contact: David Blackburn, (978) 970-5055

Lowell, MA. The legendary Tuskegee Airmen will be remembered and honored at a special free African American Heritage Month program on February 19 at 1:00 p.m. at Lowell National Historical Park’s Visitor Center theater, 246 Market Street, Lowell.  All are invited to this important commemoration. 

The Tuskegee Airmen were recruited to fight the air war against Nazi Germany in World War II.  The unit was experimental because most European Americans, including many of their instructors, did not think that African Americans were able to fight in modern fighter planes.  Their name came from the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, where they were organized and trained and many recruits experienced Southern racism for the first time.

Nonetheless the Tuskegee Airmen did fight the Nazi war machine and compiled a remarkable war record.  They received a special invitation to be the guests of President Barack Obama at his inauguration last month.  Of course many have passed on and some are in poor health, and we are pleased to have Tuskegee Airman Clifton Reed from the greater Lowell area as our special guest for this salute to him and his comrades.  Mr. Reed will provide the video presentation and share his experiences as a member of this elite group. Come and enjoy a program that makes for a memorable occasion to recharge the emotional batteries and celebrate the spirit of this commemoration!

The program is sponsored by the Afro-American Council of Greater Lowell, Inc.; Bethel A.M.E. Church in Lowell; and the Merrimack Valley Branch N.A.A.C.P. Refreshments will be served following the program. 

The program is supported by the Mogan Cultural Center, a program of Lowell National Historical Park.  For more information, please contact David Blackburn at (978) 970-5055. david_blackburn@nps.gov.

Did You Know?

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The Boyden Observatory of Bloemfontein, South Africa owes its existence to Uriah Boyden who left over $200,000 at his death in 1879. Mr. Boyden, an inventor, patented an outward flow turbine. He sold it to the Appleton Mills in Lowell, MA where he worked, home of Lowell National Historical Park.