Lieutenant Frank Douglas Walkers mural

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In efforts to honor a Richmond, KY native’s contribution and bring more art to the city of Richmond Kentucky, a third mural, painted by Graham Allen, was completed on the side of the Madison County Library on Main Street.

The mural depicts a black-and-white artistic portrait of Frank Douglas Walker, a Tuskegee Airmen fighter pilot in World War II, with red-tipped rudders of airplanes flying behind him.

While Walker is immortalized on the side of the Madison County Library now, six more Madison County-raised Tuskegee military men and women are being remembered for their dedicated service.

Along with Walker, the following Tuskegee Airmen were recognized:

  • Technical Sergeant Donald H. Dillingham, who was an Airplane Maintenance Technician.
  • Private First-Class Robert A. Ferrell, who drove a truck supporting the Tuskegee Airmen.
  • Sergeant John S. Harris, who flew training missions with the Tuskegee Airmen.
  • Private First-Class Carolyn I. Runyon, who served as a nurse.
  • First Lieutenant Eugene L. Runyon, who served in one of four bombardment groups in the Tuskegee Airmen.
  • First Lieutenant William M. Walker, who served the Tuskegee Airmen as an administrative officer.

The airmen attended classes at Richmond High School, but they maintained other connections beyond the classroom and military service. William Walker and Frank Walker were siblings, as were Carolyn and Eugene Runyon. Furthermore, Carolyn Runyon went on to marry Robert Ferrell after the end of World War II.

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Learn more about Lt Frank Douglas Walker in Tuskegee Airmen Profiles!