“Black Americans in Flight” mural

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Terminal 1 baggage claim at the Lambert-St. Louis International effort boasts a 21-foot, four-panel mural honoring the contributions of African Americans in aviation, featuring the Tuskegee Airmen prominently in the center among other notable Black aviators.

The mural was unveiled in 1990 and was painted by two employees at the McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) factory in Lambert, Missouri, Solomon Thurman and the late Spencer Taylor. It was commissioned by Aviation Mural Project Success in the late 1980s.

Tuskegee Airman Christopher Newman, who is depicted in the mural, flew 84 missions in World War II. His plane was shot down over the Adriatic Sea, where he was rescued six hours later.