The National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. celebrated its grand opening late last month. This newest edition to the Smithsonian Institute’s network of museums has been in the works since 2003, when then President George W. Bush signed legislation creating this world-renown landmark, and putting into motion years of hard work that would go into September’s inauguration.

Part of the museum’s permanent installation is “Double Victory: The African American Military Experience.” Here, visitors are treated to important relics, including those of the Tuskegee Airmen. The exhibit features a Stearman named “The Spirit of Tuskegee,” an aircraft the Airmen had trained on during their preparation for World War II.

In 2007, the Tuskegee Airmen received the highest American civilian honor – the Congressional Gold Medal bestowed by the United States Congress. It is the highest expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions. The Tuskegee Airmen received the medal as a 300-strong collective group, appearing at the U.S. Capitol. The medal had been featured at the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum, but is now on display at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Learn more about the Tuskegee Airmen’s Congressional Gold Medal and search the “Double Victory: The African American Military Experience” collection on the museum’s website.

 

The CAF Red Tail Squadron is a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to educating audiences across the country about the history and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first black military pilots and their support personnel. Learn more at www.redtail.org.

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