Wright museum in Detroit new home of Tuskegee Airmen museum
Detroit – A museum honoring the heritage and achievements of the nation’s first all-black air fighter squadron has moved to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit.
The Tuskegee Airmen National Museum is now housed in the Coleman A. Young Gallery, named after Detroit’s first black mayor who was second lieutenant, bombardier and navigator for the Tuskegee Airmen.
A virtual opening is scheduled for March 22, 80 years after President Franklin Roosevelt activated the squadron.
“As we celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Tuskegee Airmen, we honor their courage, remember their sacrifices, and celebrate their amazing accomplishments and contributions,” said Brian Smith, president of the Tuskegee Airmen National Museum.
The museum receives support from the Ford Motor Co. Fund, the automaker’s philanthropic arm.
The grand opening will include a virtual ribbon cutting tour and remarks from Lt. Col. Harry Stewart Jr. and Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson. The Detroit Youth Choir will perform a special rendition of the Tuskegee Airmen’s battle song.
Stewart and Jefferson were featured in the 2019 Ford Fund documentary, Our Voices: Our Stories – The Tuskegee Aviators.
“We are honored to have this important representation of American and African American history here in the heart of Detroit,” said Pamela Alexander, director of community development for Ford Motor Co. Fund.
The Tuskegee Airmen National Museum was located in historic Fort Wayne in southwest Detroit.