Honoring a legend

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Honoring a legend: Tuskegee Airmen gets mural in downtown Denison

Jewel Butler was born in Denison, Texas on June 6, 1922, and graduated from Terrel High School before beginning his career in the military as a pilot at Tuskegee, Alabama. The graduate then took his place as one of the first Black military aviators in the U.S. Army Air Corps, the Tuskegee Airmen. A group now known for encouraging the future integration of US armed forces, the Tuskegee Airmen played an integral role in World War II while fighting for freedoms for others that they did not have in the United States.

Butler’s hometown honored the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen while celebrating him through a mural painted along wall on a downtown Denison business.

Learn more about Major Jewel Barton Butler, Sr in Tuskegee Airmen Profiles!