civil rightsAs part of the “Minnesota Summer of Civil Rights – Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act,” MnDOT’s Office of Aeronautics and African American Employee Resource Group are hosting our RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit July 14, 15 and 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day.

Bring your family, friends or even just yourself for this FREE event and see our film “RISE ABOVE” in the 160-degree panoramic screen, 30-seat mobile movie theater. The original film was created for the exhibit to educate and inspire audiences of all ages by sharing the inspiring legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen – America’s first black military pilots and their support personnel. Their success in triumphing over adversity during WWII can still inspire people of all ages to rise above obstacles they may face.

And groups are ALWAYS welcome! To reserve time for your school, group or organization, visit Event Brite to reserve a time and tickets and get guaranteed seating.

The exhibit will be located at the Minnesota State Capital in St. Paul on the monument side of John Ireland Blvd., in front of the Transportation Building.

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2014-airexpo-logo_v2Following the MnDOT event, the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit will be at the AirExpo at Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie, MN on Saturday and Sunday July 19 and 20. Come see us at the air show and you’ll not only get a chance to visit our mobile theater and take your picture with our P-51C Mustang, but you will have the chance to meet original Tuskegee Airmen Dr. Harold Brown in person Saturday! Dr. Brown, a long-time supporter and active volunteer of the CAF Red Tail Squadron, will be on-hand to answer questions and sign autographs. This is an opportunity not to be missed!

The CAF Red Tail Squadron is intimately tied to Minnesota. The project was founded in Minnesota and continues to operate here today. 8 of the Tuskegee Airmen pilots have also called Minnesota home: Harold Brown, Robert Brown, Nathanial Goins, Stanley Harris, William Morgan, Kenneth Wofford (former director of MnDOT Aeronautics and inducted into the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame in 1999), Vernon Hopson and Joseph Gomer.

On February 1, 2006, both Mayor Rybak and Mayor Coleman issued proclamations declaring it as TUSKEGEE AIRMAN DAY in honor of Vernon Hopson, Larry Brown, Harold Brown, Joseph Gomer, and Kenneth Wofford.

We’re proud to call Minnesota our home and grateful to the MnDOT’s Office of Aeronautics and African American Employee Resource Group for hosting us at the great event. Come see us and be inspired to RISE ABOVE by the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen!

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