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    Harpers Ferry Center

Tuskegee Airmen are Honored in Exhibit

Read more about HFC's work on this project: Audiovisual | Historic Furnishings

Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site is located at Moton Field in Tuskegee, Alabama, where America's first African American fighter pilots trained. While exhibits and historic furnishings in Hangar One interpret primary flight training at Moton Field, Hangar Two interprets the Tuskegee Airmen's advanced training and wartime experiences.

After seeing the movie , visitors encounter a full-size reproduction P-51 Mustang fighter plane. The 6,600-sqaure-foot exhibition consists of four thematic structures, each with an interactive video station where visitors can listen to original Tuskegee Airmen talk about their training, combat experiences, homecoming, and legacy.

Large imagery and quotes invoke respect for these American heroes. Visitors see how the skill and bravery of the Tuskegee Airmen abroad, coupled with their peaceful protests of discrimination at home, contributed to the desegregation of the US military. Highlights include a light-gun interactive where visitors signal an aircraft to land, a tactile model of Ramitelli Air Base, a stocked footlocker, an original bomber jacket and other flight equipment, and a bronze version of the Congressional Gold Medal awarded to a Tuskegee Airmen.

The project was primarily funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The entire site—including the videos, the film, the exhibits in Hangar one and two—are audio-described.

A map of training locations for Tuskegee Airmen is attached to a brick wall, near a footlocker.

The “Double V” exhibit is blue with a large photo of Tuskegee Airmen posed in front of an aircraft.

Wooden shipping crates sit in front of a black and white photo of Tuskegee Airmen unloading supplies at an air base.

A reproduction P-51 Mustang fighter plane hangs from ceiling in the center of the exhibits.

Aircraft and a jeep are part of the Ramitelli Air Field, Italy tactile model.

Exhibits include a photograph of President George W. Bush giving the Congressional Gold Medal to the Tuskegee Airmen and a bronze medal in a case.

Read more about HFC's work on this project: Audiovisual | Historic Furnishings


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