Elite African American WWII Tuskegee Airmen Topic of New Museum Micro Exhibit

Wednesday, February 7, 2024 (Toledo, Ohio) – This Friday, February 9, The National Museum of the Great Lakes will open a new micro exhibit titled Taking Flight: The Tuskegee Airmen and The Great Lakes. The exhibit examines the Great Lakes connection to the famed Tuskegee Airmen, an elite group of African American military pilots and airmen who fought in World War II. 

“During World War II, with a segregated military, African American men were sent to the Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama to train for working in, on, and around airplanes,” shares Carrie Sowden, the museum’s Archaeological and Research Director who developed the micro exhibit and is also a part of the archaeological team studying the Tuskegee aircraft recently discovered at the bottom of Lake Huron. “Held to a much higher standard to enter the military’s aviation program, African American men graduating from Tuskegee were some of the smartest and most fit pilots of their time.” 

The exhibit uses images and words to tell visitors the story of the Great Lakes connection to the famed Tuskegee Airmen. It works to examine the elite men trained in the program and focuses particularly on the tragic story of Lt. Frank Moody, who lost his life on a training mission over Lake Huron on April 11, 1944.

Taking Flight: The Tuskegee Airmen and The Great Lakes micro exhibit is included with regular admission to the National Museum of the Great Lakes. The exhibit is available to view beginning Friday, February 9 through Sunday, March 31. For more information on the exhibit, museum hours, and ticket pricing visit nmgl.org.